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The Influences of Darwinism

Postby Bleaky » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:09 pm

Greetings,

I am doing a research for a school project and I'm having some trouble gather info.

The project is about the Influences of Darwinism in science, society and the such. That is, what did Darwinism brought up that changed the world we live in?

So far, I've only come across the topic that Darwinism "created" World War II because of eugenics. But what I'm looking for is what changed and what happened (good or bad) to the world after the publication of Origin of Species, not the reactions (like people thinking they are descendants from apes).

Thanks in advance,
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Postby alextemplet » Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:16 pm

If you're looking at it from a social perspective, I might suggest Stephen J. Gould's Rocks of Ages as a good place to start. It's a nice little novella that describes the sorts of problems that can happen when people try to mix natural science with human philosophy.

I've never heard that about WW2, but it makes sense. I've heard it about WW1 before, though. I've also heard Darwin blamed for all sorts of horrors (murder, rape, abortion, etc.), but I think it all comes down to how people choose to look at it. I don't think people should look to nature (which Darwin described) for justification of purely human concepts or ideologies. The natural world is under no obligation to either conform to or justify our own ideas about morality. Almost all of those eugenic-type folk started out with an idea already in mind, and then looked for ways to try to back it up. That sort of bias doesn't work in science. So I wouldn't say Darwinism is per se responsible for any of this; it was just a case of people starting with their ideas already in place, and then looking for ways to support them. If Darwin had never lived, they would've found other reasons to justify their genocide, like nationalism (big hit during the French Revolution), racism (big hit during the civil rights era), or everyone's favorite, religion (big hit during the Crusades).
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Postby Bleaky » Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:13 pm

Thank you for your answer, alextemplet. That proved useful and I'm going to read the book you recommended. However, after all this time of research, I haven't found concrete examples of how Darwinism changed Humanity, History and most important of all, Science. I know for a fact that until Darwinism, fixism was highly accepted as THE right theory.. But also because of religious aspects...

Hmm... I really need more info for this projects, it's hard because I ~know~ Darwinism changed EVERYTHING, even if by a small ammount.

Hope more people can help me, though. :)

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Postby alextemplet » Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:34 am

Darwin alone probably didn't change much of anything. Society is shaped by a wide variety of factors. Darwin's factors no doubt contributed but was probably never the only factor behind any particular social trend.
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