Posts Tagged ‘Natural Selection’
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.
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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!