RE: Darwinism

From: Freeman, Louise Margaret (
Date: Wed Feb 20 2002 - 00:43:03 EST

  • Next message: Hofmann, Jim: "RE: Darwinism"

    Gould has an essay in "Mismeasure of Man" arguing that Darwin himself was
    relatively un-racist, for his times. Though of course "Darwin" does not
    always equal "Darwinism"

    >===== Original Message From John W Burgeson <> =====
    >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.

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Wed Feb 20 2002 - 00:43:37 EST