Dobzhansky, Theodosius

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Dobzhansky Theodosius

The Russian scientist Theodosius Dobzhansky, one of the feverish proponents of evolution theory, agrees that the idea of “natural selection,” the foundation of Darwinism, gives rise to a morally degenerate society:

 Natural selection can favor egotism, hedonism, cowardice instead of bravery, cheating and exploitation, while group ethics in virtually all societies tend to counteract or forbid such ‘natural’ behavior, and to glorify their opposites: kindness, generosity, and even self-sacrifice for the good of others of one’s tribe or nation and finally of mankind.134

Even as the theory of evolution found itself facing a literal dead end in the face of genetic laws discovered in the first half of the 20th century, Dobzhansky took his place among the founders of neo-Darwinism, which was put forth as a new “patch” to Darwinism itself.

134  Theodosius Dobzhansky, “Ethics and Values in Biological and Cultural Evolution”, Zygon, The Journal of Religion and Science, as reported in Los Angeles Times, part IV (June 16, 1974), p. 6.

2009-08-15 12:01:07

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