Uncommon Descent Serving The Intelligent Design Community

Can’t sleep? Bone up on social Darwinism on BBC Radio 4


A friend says it’s an interesting program. We think he means it’s not just another big whitewash job:

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Social Darwinism. After the publication of Charles Darwin’s masterpiece On the Origin of Species in 1859, some thinkers argued that Darwin’s ideas about evolution could also be applied to human society. One thinker particularly associated with this movement was Darwin’s near-contemporary Herbert Spencer, who coined the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’. He argued that competition among humans was beneficial, because it ensured that only the healthiest and most intelligent individuals would succeed. Social Darwinism remained influential for several generations, although its association with eugenics and later adoption as an ideological position by Fascist regimes ensured its eventual downfall from intellectual respectability.

You decide. 43 min.

Follow UD News at Twitter!

7PM CST - Watch William Lane Craig & Sean Carroll debate "God & Cosmology" LIVE TONIGHT! - Feb. 21st - Live Stream link here: http://www.tacticalfaith.com/live-stream/ bornagain77
OT plug for Dr. Craig debate tonight: William Lane Craig debates Sean Carroll on God & Cosmology tonight. And there's a live stream http://t.co/d4at2BmmbJ This is a wonderful transcript & audio from William Lane Craig on Friday's upcoming debate with Sean Carroll: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/a-highly-anticipated-debate#ixzz2svpx2uBL bornagain77

Leave a Reply