From a book excerpt at Salon, a mag you’d read if you believe you are smart despite evidence:
Over the next two decades Darwin revised the “Origin of Species” five times. Even in his final revision, he did not take the theory to its logical end; but he had already privately concluded that his principles of natural selection applied to the human race as well. “As soon as I had become . . . convinced that species were mutable productions,” he wrote in his later “Autobiography,” “I could not avoid the belief that man must come under the same law.” In 1871 he finally published “The Descent of Man,” an extension of his evolutionary principles to the human race.
The “Descent” brought the full implications of the “Origin of Species” into plain sight.
Charles Darwin had put biology on a collision course with the human race’s most cherished idea about itself: its uniqueness. “The question raised by Mr. Darwin as to the origin of the species,” one reviewer wrote, “marks the precise point at which the theological and scientific modes of thought come into contact. . . . We are brought face to face in this book with the difficult problems which previously had only revealed themselves more or less indistinctly on the dim horizon.”
Those difficult problems were now in plain sight—and would remain there.
Of course, they are too polite to mention that racism is then an inevitable component of Darwin’s theory.
Their formula must work. The very people one would expect to be most exercised about racism want to declare a national Darwin Day in the United States.
Oh wait. Facts change when we rewrite them. Spin hard at work. Hmmm. Can’t help wondering how much of it is fuelled by tax dollars.
That is the part of Darwinism that bugs me most. The general lack of discussion of serious issues like that (though sometimes, indulged as amused piffle, of course).
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