Wednesday, February 20, 2008

He Who Says A Must Say B

Which is another way of saying that some ideas have logical corollaries. And Darwinian ideas may, in fact, lead logically to eugenics.

Darwin, moral relativism, and "soft eugenics": "

Catholic Education Resource Center has posted the chapter, 'Charles Darwin,' from
Architects of the Culture of Death
(Ignatius, 2004), authored by Donald DeMarco and Benjamin Wiker. In my July 2004 interview with the authors, I asked Dr. Wiker this question: Darwin and Darwinian evolution have been,
of course, very controversial for many decades. What do you think are
the biggest misconceptions and incorrect notions about Darwin and his
beliefs that exist today? How seriously is Darwinian evolution taken today
in the scientific community?

Benjamin Wiker: I think there are two very serious misconceptions
about Darwinism today. First, that Darwinism is a well-established theory,
with no considerable intellectual difficulties. The second, one more directly
related to Architects, concerns the essential moral implications
of Darwinism. Generally, historians and scientists alike have tried to
distance Darwin’s biology from the eugenics movement—an understandable
move, given the ugliness of the eugenic programs of Nazi Germany. If we
read Darwin, however, we find that he himself understood eugenics to be
the obvious inference from his biological theory of evolution through
natural selection. Natural weeds out the unfit; so should we, or at least
keep the unfit from breeding. Further, he also understood quite clearly
that his evolutionary account of morality, which destroyed the permanency
of human nature, provided the most radical moral relativism possible.
As for the scientific community, it generally accepts Darwinism without
question, which means that it generally hasn’t studied the theoretical
and evidential problems facing Darwinism. Happily, more and more scientists
have found the courage to look at Darwinism with a clearer, more critical

Read the entire interview. And here is the table of contents for Architects of the Culture of Death.


(Via Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog.)

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