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Posts Tagged ‘Natural Selection’

Science Fact of the Month-July 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 11:07 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

  In follow up of  last month’s fact which covered The Theory  of Natural Selection, we will now look at the Theory of Social Darwinism [ Survival of  the Fittest], which misused the theory of Charles Darwin’s, Natural Selection by applying it to  the social and political world.

 The  Theory of Survival of the Fittest was first coined by  English philosopher, Herbert Spencer.  The theory involved  various  nationalities and  races believing that they were superior in strength and intelligence  and  thus  possessed the right and   obligation to dominate over  the  other “inferior” races, who were believed to lack these qualities. They believed that these “inferior” races would ultimately be conquered  or replaced because of their “natural disadvantage.”.  Those who  accepted this are known as Social  Darwinists.

Although this theory is no   longer accepted by reputable Anthropologists today, there are many  unjust  examples from the past which demonstrate this behaviour. One such example is the cruel treatment of Aboriginal people in North America during the time period.

 Do you have any other examples  to share? Share  them in the comments  section.

Science Fact of the Month – June 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010 @ 07:06 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 

Did you know about the Theory  of Natural Selection? This month ,  in our  one – hundreth post, we cover the premise of this   scientific theory.

 The theory of  natural selection which was formed by Charles Darwin is that  no two  members of  the same species are exactly identical. This is due  to differences such as biological inheritance and   the  ability to partake in environmental adaptation. Over time some members  of a species will  develop  physical features which enable  it  to survive while others will not and thus die. Those who survive  will procreate  ,  ultimately creating a new  species.

 Proof to support this theory is how  recent genetic studies link all of us back to a common African origin. This shows that we have evolved, thus  explaining why we   have a variety  of  different   physical  features/ looks  and cognitive abilities.

   What are your thoughts  on the  theory?Do you have any  additional proof  to support it?Do you have reason to disagree with it? Sound off in the comments section below!