Arnold Williams (notebuyer) wrote,
Arnold Williams
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Darwin, Eugenics, the Holocaust

Ben Stein's "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" is a successful documentary describing the fear of debate among those who support the random-mutation "Darwinist" model of evolution over the "restricted mutation" models proposed under the rubric of "Intelligent Design". Successful in that it presents a problem (no debate allowed on fundamental principles), proposes a solution (open debate), and does so entertainingly. Few documentaries reach this audience, or have such a successful box office.

One point, however: while the Nazis, and the eugenics crowd were indeed inspired by Darwin and met with no check under their understanding of "survival of the fittest", there is, in fact, a biological basis for preserving genetic diversity. Any study of "survival of the fittest" assumes something: it assumes the current climate and resources available to the population. Should those change, it is important to be able to adapt to the new conditions: and the more your genotype ties you to the prior conditions, the more difficult that adaptation will be.

Earth is changeable. We shouldn't assume otherwise. Therefore, Eugenics has a check coming from a little common sense and a little biology.
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