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At Medium: On the “Impending cancellation of Darwin”

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Researcher Noah Carl—fired, we are told, for thoughtcrime—points out that Darwin should be the victim of a Cancel Mob given all the others who have been:

The following scientists and philosophers have all been subjected to actual or attempted defenestrations: Sir Francis Galton, Sir Ronald Fisher, Karl Pearson, Clarence Cook Little, Carl Vogt, Edward Drinker Cope, J. Marion Sims, H. C. Yarrow, Carl Linnaeus and David Hume.

Noah Carl, “The Impending Cancellation of Charles Darwin” at Medium

We don’t hear many Darwinians defending them but then they’re Darwinians, right?

In a recent op-ed, I argued that even Charles Darwin might not be safe, given that his writings “contain ample statements that would put him far beyond the pale of what is now considered acceptable.” Here I want to expand on this argument. More specifically, I want to show that—based on the criteria that have been invoked to cancel other deceased luminaries—there is no reason to believe that Darwin is immune from cancellation. By this I mean that there may soon be an attempt to remove a monument to Darwin, or to rename something that is named after him.

Noah Carl, “The Impending Cancellation of Charles Darwin” at Medium

Well, will the people who think the Virgin Mary is racist deterred from trashing Darwin’s statue by claims that Darwin had the single best idea that anyone ever had?

That would make his offenses worse.

Carl offers a number of quotes from Darwin’s Descent of Man (1871) and other writings that would probably drive the Outrage Mob into nuke-the-planet mode. Then he adds, “… the point of this blog post is to illustrate that—if you are in favour of honouring Darwin—you should oppose the defenestration of other impugned scientists and philosophers.”

Essentially, he is forcing the biology establishment to admit that they can’t impugn Darwin for his racism because he’s their religion. All those other guys can just be trashed. But not Darwin.

We wish they’d listened when we brought this stuff up years ago.

See also: Darwin’s racism

3 Replies to “At Medium: On the “Impending cancellation of Darwin”

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    JVL says:

    From the conclusion of the article:

    In summary, if there is a case against honouring deceased luminaries such as Galton, Fisher, Linnaeus and Hume because of their views on race and/or eugenics, then there is a case against honouring Darwin as well. I myself am in favour of honouring all these luminaries, and the point of this blog post is to illustrate that—if you are in favour of honouring Darwin—you should oppose the defenestration of other impugned scientists and philosophers.

    So he is NOT saying “[A}ll those other guys can just be trashed.”

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    polistra says:

    There’s no point in using logic against people whose specific mission is to destroy logic. The leaders know what they’re doing, and the followers only know that they must follow the leaders through every microsecond-scale switchback and doublethink.

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    Truthfreedom says:

    A false philosophy (atheistic-materialistic-“evolutionism”) can only bring bad outcomes:

    Thankfully, most British people today are embarrassed by the racist rhetoric that undergirded the late-Victorian British Empire. What’s astonishing is how little they understand that Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution provided the doctrine behind its white supremacism. Whereas the British Empire of the early 19th century had been dominated by Christian reformers such as William Wilberforce, who sold slave badges that proclaimed, “Am I not a man and a brother?”, Darwin’s writings converted an empire with a conscience into an empire with a scientific philosophy. Four years after Darwin published The Origin of Species, James Hunt turned it into a justification for slavery. In his 1863 paper, “On the Negro’s Place in Nature,” he asserted: “Our Bristol and Liverpool merchants, perhaps, helped to benefit the race when they transported some of them to America.”

    Christian reformers had spent decades in the early 19th century teaching Britain to view non-European races as their equals before God. In a matter of years, Darwin swept not only God off the table, but also the value of people of every race with him.
    What Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You about Charles Darwin

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