From: Chris Taylor (Christopher.Taylor@man.ac.uk)
Date: Thu 19 Jun 2003 - 09:33:04 GMT
Social Darwinism. Darwin and Haeckel, then it got a bit nazty for a
while, then we thought of a new name for eugenics (genetic
'counselling'), and finally, as an eventual consequence (and through sleight of hand from sociology to 'psychology') we have the Chomsky-Pinker-Cronin cronies.
What kills me about that whole period more or less from the publication
of origin (although it was already going - check out 'Vestiges of the
Natural History of Creation' by an Edinburgh publisher called Robert
Chambers - he published anonymously out of fear for the safety of his
children "I have eleven reasons", and of course Lamarck and a few
others) was the way both (to simplify a little) sides were perfectly
happy to raid the same material to support diametrically opposed views:
Natural selection - a spur to better yourself, or a dampener because the
situation has evolved to an ESS (the rich man at his table etc.). Funny
as hell all that.
Scott Chase wrote:
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>> Subject: PM Chrétien on memetic change
>> Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 11:47:54 -0400
>> "You have to look at history as an evolution of society," Prime
>> Minister Jean Chrétien told reporters after a meeting of his cabinet.
> Sounds Hegelian or Marxian to me. Didn't Hegel and Marx search for
> progressive laws of history whereby societies evolve involving either a
> dialectic or thesis and antitheis yielding synthesis or the dialectical
> materialism of class struggle?
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