John W Burgeson wrote:
> I received the following comment (not on this list) from a fellow ASAer
> whom I respect but do not always agree with. He was commenting on the
> DISCOVERY article about the PBS broadcast.
> "Darwinism was historically a product of racism. That has been
> documented in many ways. We may whitewash it, but it is a fact. To put it
> another way, "social Darwinism" preceded Darwinism. Wealthy Europeans
> wanted to have a good excuse why they should not be compassionate--
> letting the weak die off is good for the race. This view persisted quite
> overtly until after WWII."
> I'm looking for a reasonable published refutation of this statement.
First how about some evidence in support of it? & by evidence I do
not mean _post hoc ergo propter hoc_ stuff like
"Wealthy Europeans were racists (by 2002 standards) before Darwin.
Therefore racism produced Darwinism."
George L. Murphy
"The Science-Theology Interface"
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