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Time to cancel Darwin
Christian Post ^ | 07/06/2020 | Michael Brown

Posted on 07/06/2020 7:32:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

As much as I despise the cancel culture, if there is any cultural icon who deserves to be canceled for racist attitudes, it is Charles Darwin. Or were you not aware of how his ideas helped fuel the fires of eugenics?

I tweeted a poll on June 23, asking, “Who said this? The ‘western nations of Europe … now so immeasurably surpass their former savage progenitors and stand at the summit of civilization.’”

Of the four choices offered, 4.2 percent voted for David Duke, 10.5 percent for Robert E. Lee, 29.6 percent for Adolph Hitler, and 55.7 percent for Charles Darwin. The majority got it right!

But is this knowledge widely disseminated? Do the countless millions of fawning Darwinists know about Darwin’s racial theories? And if they do, do they simply turn a blind eye to them?

The same day I did the poll, I sent the link of a disturbing article about Darwin to a friend of mine who is Black and a historian. The article, written by Austin Anderson and posted on the Philosophy for the Many site, was titled, “The Dark Side of Darwinism.”

I asked my friend, “I assume you knew this about Darwin?”

He replied, “What? That he was a racist? Sure. That’s race history 101.”

He added, “Racist philosophy, eugenics and white supremacy are the love-children of Darwin. Survival of the fittest is the core of European philosophy and its approaches to colonization and imperialism.”

Did we learn about this in our schools?

Anderson wrote:

Darwin’s defenders most often cited his abolitionist identity, notes from his diaries, or quotes from people who knew Darwin. His accusers, on the other hand, often directly cited text from The Descent of Man. Conclusions drawn from the authorial approach to the question, in which defenders focused on proving that Darwin himself was not a racist, starkly contradicted conclusions drawn from the approach of consulting Darwin’s text itself. I’m familiar with Darwin’s theories, but I had never actually read his books; I suspect the same is true for most of you. However, I found that to determine whether or not Darwin’s theories are racist, the text of his books is revealing and conclusive. Information outside the text of The Descent of Man can help us understand the man behind the pen, but it does nothing to soften the brutal racism and white supremacism found in the text of his theory.

Which peoples does Darwin describe as “savages”? He is quite generous in his use of the term, including, Australians, Mongolians, Africans, Indians, South Americans, Polynesians, and Eskimos.

Darwin asks, “How little can the hard-worked wife of a degraded Australian savage, who uses hardly any abstract words and cannot count above four, exert her self-consciousness, or reflect on the nature of her own existence?”

This was virtually identical to the reasoning used by European and American slave traders, who viewed the Africans as intellectually inferior human beings, therefore deserving of servitude to the white man.

These savages, according to Darwin, also had lower morality, lack of ability to reason, and less self-control. And, quite naturally, given the survival of the fittest and the ruthlessness of the evolutionary process, the superior whites should conquer and colonize the savage’s lands.

As Anderson notes (while quoting Darwin), “As white Europeans ‘exterminate and replace’ the world’s ‘savage races,’ and as great apes go extinct, Darwin says that the gap between civilized man and his closest evolutionary ancestor will widen. The gap will eventually be between civilized man ‘and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla’.”

Yes, the illustrious Darwin wrote those very words.

Of course, Darwin should have been canceled intellectually decades ago due to the abject scientific failure of Darwinian naturalism.

As atheist philosophy professor Thomas Nagel argued in his book Mind and Cosmos, “the modern scientific story of the origin of life through evolution is ‘ripe for displacement’ and it represents ‘a heroic triumph of ideological theory over common sense,’ which will be seen as ‘laughable’ in a couple of generations.” (The subtitle of Nagel’s book is, “Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False.”)

There is no viable, materialistic explanation for the origin of the universe, the origin of life, and the origin of human beings (as distinct from animals, with a conscience and a state of consciousness).

That too, however, is not something you are likely to hear in school.

As Nagel wrote, “I realize that such doubts will strike many people as outrageous, but that is because almost everyone in our secular culture has been browbeaten into regarding the reductive research program [about the origin of life] as sacrosanct, on the ground that anything else would not be science.”

Can I give an amen to an atheist?

Unfortunately, the intellectual cult of Darwinism does not seem ready to collapse just yet, as it remains thoroughly entrenched in academia to this day. To oppose it is to be a heretic.

But perhaps, given the dark side of some of Darwin’s theories, theories that were intrinsic to his evolutionary views, Darwin can be questioned morally. Starting there, it will be easier to topple his intellectual house of cards.


Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Evangelicals at the Crossroads: Will We Pass the Trump Test?



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1 posted on 07/06/2020 7:32:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“Starting there, it will be easier to topple his intellectual house of cards.”

If evolution is a house of cards then it should be easy to discredit, Darwin’s personal opinions play no part in the scientific theory of evolution.


2 posted on 07/06/2020 7:36:35 AM PDT by FewsOrange
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s pretty easy for (some) people to look at the “science” of Global Warming and realize it’s much more politics than it is science.

But the same is true for Darwinism. People treat evolution like something proven and beyond question. It isn’t. The core concept of species changing into different species is totally unproven and very much open to question. It’s time to realize that Darwinism is much more politics than it is science.


3 posted on 07/06/2020 7:38:00 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
Please tell me what is wrong or inaccurate about this statement, in 1860;

The ‘western nations of Europe … now so immeasurably surpass their former savage progenitors and stand at the summit of civilization.’”

Since then, thanks to among other things, two massively self genocidal wars among the European states, the genetic and intellectual and moral quality of the west has declined a great deal.It is masked by the great advances in material culture, but a day of reckoning is fast approaching.

4 posted on 07/06/2020 7:40:31 AM PDT by robowombat (Orthodox)
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To: FewsOrange

Darwinism is crumbling b/c people realize that complex structures cannot organize themselves, not b/c Darwin happened to be a rabid racist.


5 posted on 07/06/2020 7:43:00 AM PDT by alstewartfan (One day he just washed up on the shores of his regrets. May his soul rest in peace. Al S.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I guess if you believe the only true wisdom is received wisdom you might think canceling a person also cancels his ideas.
6 posted on 07/06/2020 7:43:44 AM PDT by semimojo
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To: SeekAndFind
"As much as I despise the cancel culture"...

Either it's wrong or it isn't. Darwin certainly had "ideas" that were often misused, but he never advocated eugenics or racism. To wipe his name and life's work from history because of what others did is like toppling a statue of Christopher Columbus because of what the Spanish conquistadors did.
7 posted on 07/06/2020 7:45:48 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder
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To: FewsOrange

The time scale - way insufficient for evolution to occur by natural selection - discredits Darwin thoroughly. Hybridization is the answer to how “evolution” appears to have happened thousands of times faster than it should have.

The scientific question is resolved. The political question is a political one and if the moral panic of the day helps to close it, why not use it?


8 posted on 07/06/2020 7:47:12 AM PDT by thoughtomator (here comes the switch to Hillary)
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To: SeekAndFind
Evolution is a modern fable concocted by men with small minds and massive egos.
In other words, Pride.
Randomness in the physical realm doesn't mean what evolutionists pretend. In the real, physical world, we attribute 'randomness' to systems too complex to be readily (re-)computed.
9 posted on 07/06/2020 7:51:28 AM PDT by Montana_Sam (Truth lives.)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Man is the product of a series of biological flukes, not a creation made in the image of God, according to Chuck. How could anyone have made inferences that led to millions of deaths?


10 posted on 07/06/2020 7:53:27 AM PDT by alstewartfan (One day he just washed up on the shores of his regrets. May his soul rest in peace. Al S.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This piece is a pack of lies, one layer piled on another like geological strata.

The real fact is that Darwin was a scientist who followed wherever the available data took him.
That data in Darwin’s time was enough to deduce evolution by natural selection, but not enough for him to see how very little actually separates Europeans from other “races” of humans.


11 posted on 07/06/2020 7:55:06 AM PDT by BroJoeK ((a little historical perspective...))
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To: BroJoeK

RE: The real fact is that Darwin was a scientist who followed wherever the available data took him.

Which ones of the lines that quoted Darwin in this article are lies?


12 posted on 07/06/2020 7:57:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Telepathic Intruder

RE: Darwin certainly had “ideas” that were often misused, but he never advocated eugenics or racism

Yes, but he did believe that some races are INHERENTLY superior to others. What do you call such beliefs?


13 posted on 07/06/2020 7:59:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Frankly, if one doesn’t believe in the Judaeo-Christian God and the story of creation (Adam and Eve), then you pretty much must logically agree with Darwin.

The inherent nobility of every human being is based on our common parents and our immortal soul, instilled by God at conception.

Darwin lacked belief and faith in God.


14 posted on 07/06/2020 7:59:53 AM PDT by budj (Combat vet, 2nd of three generations.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Yes, but he did believe that some races are INHERENTLY superior to others. What do you call such beliefs?

In Darwin's time? Conventional wisdom.

15 posted on 07/06/2020 8:11:27 AM PDT by semimojo
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To: semimojo

RE: In Darwin’s time? Conventional wisdom.

So, is it racist or not?


16 posted on 07/06/2020 8:16:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: alstewartfan

Self organization creating complex structures is well known in chemistry!

“Far from thermodynamic equilibrium, many precipitation reactions create complex product structures with fascinating features caused by their unusual origins. ….’

https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/8/e1601144.full


17 posted on 07/06/2020 8:31:47 AM PDT by Reily
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To: SeekAndFind
So, is it racist or not?

With what we know now? Of course it is.

Does this in any way change the validity of Darwin's ideas about natural selection?

18 posted on 07/06/2020 8:35:45 AM PDT by semimojo
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To: SeekAndFind
In his book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, Darwin put forth the idea that all life came from a single common ancestor and changed without design, goal, or purpose - our brain and morality developed as such - and humans are merely another animal - as he put forth in Descent of Man::
…Man, like every other animal, has no doubt advanced to his present high condition through a struggle for existence consequent on his rapid multiplication; and if he is to advance still higher, it is to be feared that he must remain subject to a severe struggle. Otherwise he would sink into indolence, and the more gifted men would not be more successful in the battle of life than the less gifted. Hence our natural rate of increase, though leading to many and obvious evils, must not be greatly diminished by any means. There should be open competition for all men; and the most able should not be prevented by laws or customs from succeeding best and rearing the largest number of offspring."

"We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment. There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to small-pox. Thus the weak members of civilized societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man himself, hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.”
-Charles Darwin, Descent of Man

In the Darwinian view of humans as animals, what would cause us to stop practicing animal husbandry within our own species? Reduce the meaning of "human" to "just another animal", and eugenics is fair game. Scientific data is well supported in animal husbandry. Eugenics is only abhorrent to those who recognize that there is something transcendently special about humans.

In the early decades of the 20th century, Human Zoos were created where thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display and touted as “missing links” between man and apes. Their public display was arranged with the enthusiastic support of the most elite members of the scientific community, and it was promoted uncritically by America’s leading newspapers.

With Darwinism, there is always an inferior race and a superior race – there must be an intermediate bridging the gap – or as Darwin states:

“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”
- Charles Darwin, Descent of Man
If Darwin allowed Dawkins to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist then he also allowed scientists to be an intellectually fulfilled racist.

Racism and eugenics were the hallmarks of the theory of human evolution in the early 20th century, representing a clear consensus of evolutionary biologists as well as other scientists and leaders in higher education and government (endorsed by the Supreme Court in 1926). Eugenics is an ugly part of American history that was taught to our children (See: Hunter’s Civic Biology ) – a movement that caused the compulsory sterilization laws in 30 U.S. states that resulted in more than 60,000 sterilizations of disabled.

At the core of the current theory of evolution is materialism/naturalism and this is a worldview with consequences. For example, as Stephen Meyer points out -the constitution assumes:

In contrast, under the materialistic picture of reality pervasive in our culture, you get this:

These are not Conservative principles.

19 posted on 07/06/2020 8:43:37 AM PDT by Heartlander (Prediction: Increasingly, logic will be seen as a covert form of theism. - Denyse O'Leary)
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To: semimojo

RE: Does this in any way change the validity of Darwin’s ideas about natural selection?

Well, if Darwin is correct ( that is, we all came from a chance process via random mutation and natural selection) , then we have to admit that some races are INHERENTLY more advanced in the natural selection process than others.

And if Darwin is correct, there really is nothing morally wrong with being a Nazi or being a supporter of the KKK.

In fact, MORALITY is meaningless. It’s just part of the process of evolution.


20 posted on 07/06/2020 8:46:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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