November 25, 2009

AT LEAST THE E-MAILS HAVEN'T BEEN HACKED:

The Dark Side of Darwin's Legacy: While celebrations have emphasized the British naturalist's giant role in the advancement of human progress, British political journalist Dennis Sewell is not convinced. In a new book, The Political Gene: How Darwin's Ideas Changed Politics, he highlights how often — and how easily — Darwin's big idea has been harnessed for sinister political ends. (Eben Harrell, Nov. 24, 2009, TIME)

All things considered, do you believe Darwin was a great luminary in the path of human progress?

What has the theory of evolution done for the practical benefit of humanity? It's helped our understanding of ourselves, yet compared to, say, the discovery of penicillin or the invention of the World Wide Web, I wonder why Darwin occupies this position at the pinnacle of esteem. I can only imagine he has been put there by a vast public relations exercise.


Posted by Orrin Judd at November 25, 2009 5:59 PM
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