Darwinism by itself did not produce the Holocaust, but without Darwinism… neither Hitler nor his Nazi followers would have had the necessary scientific underpinnings to convince themselves and their collaborators that one of the worlds greatest atrocities was really morally praiseworthy… Richard Weikart, From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany


Imagine if you will a theory that appeals in equal parts to both the right and the left. The right loves natural selection because it admits the possibility of a super race and serves as a justification for eugenics. The left loves natural selection because it allows for the perfectibility of man and justifies state control to achieve that perfect state – in other words eugenics. With both elites so completely invested in the theory it is no mystery why – in spite of its only being a theory and having so many flaws – it still occupies center stage in the cultural discourse. This is a valuable book in that it has the power to move the discussion beyond Darwin where more intelligent ideas about both biology and metaphysics can be considered.

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What Darwin got wrong Jerry Fodor, Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 Hardcover. 1st American ed. and printing. xx, 264 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-248) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, a distinguished philosopher and a scientist working in tandem, reveal major flaws at the heart of Darwinian evolutionary theory. Combining the results of cutting-edge work in experimental biology with crystal-clear philosophical arguments, they mount a reasoned and convincing assault on the central tenets of Darwin’s account of the origin of species.

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The logic underlying natural selection is the survival of the fittest under changing environmental pressure. This logic, they argue, is mistaken, and they back up the claim with surprising evidence of what actually happens in nature. This is a rare achievement — a concise argument that is likely to make a great deal of difference to a very large subject. What Darwin Got Wrong will be controversial. The authors’ arguments will reverberate through the scientific world. At the very least they will transform the debate about evolution and move us beyond the false dilemma of being either for natural selection or against science.

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