Jason’s Ranting & Raving

Those who don’t read have no advantage over those who can’t.

A letter from Dawkins

Posted by jaystile on November 19, 2008

A movie, “Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed”, was released featuring Ben Stein doing the Michael Moore type ‘in your face’ documentary. I need to preface this weblog with the fact that I have not seen the movie, nor am I interested in seeing the movie. I was curious to hear about some of the fallout. It seems that there might be a reference that Hitler was an atheist and applied Darwinian principles against the Jews. Please, read Dawkins well crafted response to an enraged viewer of the afore mentioned movie.

http://richarddawkins.net/article,2488,An-Open-Letter-to-David-J,Richard-Dawkins

If you’re not into reading long winded articles, the short story is that there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between artificial selection (i.e., dog breeding, master race) and natural selection & evolution which is what Darwin is referring to.

The next concept is social Darwinism. Darwin did NOT create the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’. For more history visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survival_of_the_fittest In fact survival of the fittest taken literally would be very very bad for most humans. If we lived by this phrase as a law, then we would not have things like in vitro fertilization and antibiotics. There would be no need to, because the weak would not breed and not survive. Instead, we would have things like only the biggest/smartest/fastest would be allowed to breed. I don’t know about you, but I happen to like sex and I don’t think I would qualify for biggest/smartest/fastest. Maybe, I would qualify for biggest smart-ass. Also, politically only the strongest would govern. Do we need a great dictator? Nah, I’m good.

Now people, go out and read something! (and thanks for reading my blog Mom, no matter how much you don’t like it)

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