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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Quote of the Day: Steve Gould on Darwinism and racism

"Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1850 but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory."
Stephen J. Gould Ontogeny and Phylogeny 1977. p 127, 128. Harvard Press.

(Note: My point in archiving this quote for further reference is not to imply that Darwinists are racists but that Darwinism was, inevitably, a part of the poisonous racist brew that boiled over in the first part of the twentieth century. It is silly to deny it. After all, people who already believed themselves superior to their neighbours gladly adopted any science idea that endorsed their existing opinions. Read Richard Wekart's From Darwin to Hitler for background on this.

Please be aware that I will not post comments from people who insist that they are not racists. I assume that if you are a person of good character and intelligence, you are not a racist, but that is elementary logic, and no one need protest that their existence is governed by elementary logic.)
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