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Total Darwin Rewrite in progress: “Survival of the fittest” now means “sympathy”

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The Darwinians must have considered the possibility that they aren’t popular for a reason:

Yet Darwin’s use of the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’ was hardly meant to suggest that existence was a knockdown, drag-out fight – he was very clear that generosity, sympathy and all those other traits that give us warm feelings are central to human survival.

Don’t misread Darwin: for humans, ‘survival of the fittest’ means being sympathetic” at Aeon

Funny how so many people, whether they agreed with Darwin or not, got it so wrong all these years … How did it get to be called “social Darwinism” anyway, as opposed to, say, “social Florence Nightingale-ism”?

You know, it’s almost like Darwin didn’t really think what some now need to portray him as thinking …

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Florence Nightingale/Henry Hering

Note: Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was an important figure in the development of hospital nursing.

See also: Do racial assumptions prevent recognizing Homo erectus as fully human?

Was Neanderthal man fully human? The role racism played in assessing the evidence

and

Teilhard De Chardin: The “Evolution” Priest’s Legacy Included Racism and Social Darwinism, Says Theologian

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2 Replies to “Total Darwin Rewrite in progress: “Survival of the fittest” now means “sympathy”

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    AaronS1978 says:

    No it just took those things like being sympathetic and turn them into selfish need to survive

    Even though we know a stark difference between being selfish and being empathetic

    It is the fact that everything is used to just survive every strategy is an attempt to trick something else so you can continue to spread your genes

    I offer the evolutionary theory of being cute
    Babies evolved being cute so you take care of them more or you’d be more likely to take care of them.
    Cute is no longer cute it’s deceptive strategy to make you take care of them

    And the reason why you think other things are cute is because you Evolved an economic brain that can’t tell the difference.

    Being empathetic and unselfish and helping somebody out in simply and attempt to try to elicit a favor for them later, You just don’t know what and you don’t under stand it and you’re not aware of it

    Even though there are people that do this very specifically, they will do you a favor so they can get you to owe them, the people that genuinely do it, well they’re just not aware that they’re doing exactly the same thing as the manipulative person.

    To top it off with the fact that many of Darwinian spokesman happen to be vicious anti theist that use it to bludgeon religious people, Label them as unevolved apes, and then move on declaring their intellectual superiority (Richard Dawkins, Jerry Coyne, Lawrence Kraus to name a few)

    I do believe that a lot of it’s unpopularity comes from pushback and political reasons, many caused by both sides, But the people attempting to administer their medicine has decided to cover it in vinegar and hate and then complain that the fact that nobody wants to take it.

    Everything is selfish and deceptive whether you’re aware of it or not. I completely understand why people don’t like this theory

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    goodusername says:

    Total Darwin Rewrite In Progress: “Survival Of The Fittest” Now Means “Sympathy”

    How can something be a “rewrite” when it’s written in the original source numerous times? Examples from Descent of Man:

    As man advances in civilisation, and small tribes are united into larger communities, the simplest reason would tell each individual that he ought to extend his social instincts and sympathies to all the members of the same nation, though personally unknown to him. This point being once reached, there is only an artificial barrier to prevent his sympathies extending to the men of all nations and races.

    The aid which we feel impelled to give to the helpless is mainly an incidental result of the instinct of sympathy, which was originally acquired as part of the social instincts, but subsequently rendered, in the manner previously indicated, more tender and more widely diffused. Nor could we check our sympathy, even at the urging of hard reason, without deterioration in the noblest part of our nature.

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