Re: Darwinian and non-Darwinian (was Re: RFEP & ID)

From: George Murphy (
Date: Sat Sep 27 2003 - 09:10:20 EDT

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    Keith Miller wrote:
    > In my experience, "Darwinism" is commonly used as a pejorative that
    > simply means "all aspects of evolution that I find objectionable." It
    > is hardly ever defined, and is certainly not used in any consistent
    > manner. I doubt whether many who use the phrase in public debate could
    > even give a clear definition.
    > An interesting part of this is that back during the conflict over
    > science standards in Kansas, it was the anti-evolutionists who wanted
    > to change the word "evolution" in the standards to "Darwinian
    > evolution." Attaching the word Darwin to evolution produces an almost
    > visceral negative reaction in some people.

            This is part of the reason that I generally try to refer to both Darwin &
    Wallace, at least at the beginning of a discussion of evolution via natural selection.
    My purpose isn't to claim that there should be a 50-50 division of credit for the
    theory, but to dilute the extreme attitudes - apotheosis & demonization - sometimes
    expressed toward Darwin. (Apotheosis is less common but it exists.)


    George L. Murphy

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