Posts Tagged ‘Survival of the Fittest’
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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