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- Posted: Fri, 09 May 2008 19:56:21 +0000
Franquita del Mar
Although, some of the things I've heard about it so far kind of annoy me. Like the term "Darwinism." That's not the correct term. Darwinism takes Darwin's theory of natural selection and evolution and applies it to the human race, i.e., "survival of the fittest" when it comes to class, jobs, etc. That distinction is important in a nation that's so easily swayed by compelling generalizations.
No, that's social Darwinism. Darwinism is a type of evolutionary theory, which was opposed early on by Lamarckism, another type of evolutionary theory. Darwinism itself led to neo-Darwinism, which eventually brought us to the modern evolutionary synthesis. Further refinement of the theory continues, but the basic ideas of natural selection and the heritability of favourable genetic traits have never been seriously challenged.
Thank you for the clarification, Rhapsody Scarlet. These terms were some "missing links" in our discussion with the creationists.