From: Sarah Berel-Harrop (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Sep 27 2003 - 19:06:30 EDT
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From: "Jay Willingham" <email@example.com>
To: "ASA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2003 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: Darwinian and non-Darwinian (was Re: RFEP & ID)
> The concepts that man is the end product of gradual mutation from other
> primates gives enormous support to those people who think their own race
> superior to someone else's.
1) that is classic "naturalistic fallacy" and if I am not
mistaken, someone just posted a long excerpt about
the "naturalistic fallacy"
2) Who says evolution says that? Progess is an idea
that is outwith evolutionary theory proper. If someone
is talking about progress, that has to be coming from
an external philosophical or religious stance.
3) Plenty of ideas are compatible with racism, some
"creationist" and some "evolutionist". The racism
comes from outside. Read in particular the forward
and chapter one of the 1996 printing of _Mismeasure
of Man_. Polygenism arose without the help of any
ideas about evolutionary "progress", during a time
when most were creationists, indeed it precedes
Racist people are racist. They will justify it with
science, scripture, or whatever else they can get their
In short. That's an unjustified slander that is all too often
used to denigrate evolutionary theory.
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