Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Misapplication of Darwin

The theory of evolution has been culturally appropriated and misapplied in the mytho-economic realm of everyday life. This misapplication has resulted in enormous industrial and consumer waste, not to mention substandard goods and built-in obsolescence. The "survival of the fittest" mentality is the ultimate rationalization for cutthroat business practices and leveraged buyouts.

Inherent in our misapplied Darwinism is a latent racism towards "primitive" cultures, even though the cultural realm is almost completely outside the scope of evolution. At the same time, our relation to our own "primitive" human ancestors is skewed. "Cavemen" are portrayed in our media as functional retards instead of the highly evolved hominids they actually were.

--Christopher Dewdney, The Secular Grail

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