Article Title: On “Darwinism”

 

Article Summary

This article speaks about the great, Darwin and how the term “Darwinism” came to be used as a slander. When the teachers at Dover High School selected a biology textbook, William Buckingham criticised the move by saying that the textbook was full of “Darwinism”. He encouraged one to learn more about creationism instead. Back in 1998, America’s greatest living writer, Marilynne Robinson was one of the first ones to use the term in a derogatory tone. This shows that evolution has now become an ideology and not a field of science.

In evolutionary psychology, Darwin’s theory had been used to explain every other behaviour of male and female. The theory is being integrated into humanism and social science. Animal kingdom theorists consider human as being nothing more than an animal. But the writer agrees with Jacob Bronowski when he states that “there must be something unique about a man”. And this thinking can surely overcome the mindless use of “Darwinism” as a slur. Evolution means that we are a carrier of something truly precious—the genetic, biological, and cultural heritage of life itself.

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Words to Learn from this article:

Slander- the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation

Resounding- unmistakable; emphatic

Slur- an insinuation or allegation about someone that is likely to insult them or damage their reputation

Provocative- causing anger or another strong reaction, especially deliberately

Lament- express passionate grief about

Epiphenomena- a secondary effect or by-product

Gambits- an act or remark that is calculated to gain an advantage, especially at the outset of a situation

Disparagement- the act of speaking about someone in a negative or belittling way

Condescension- an attitude of patronizing superiority; disdain

Eugenics- the science of improving a population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics

Admonition- a firm warning or reprimand


 

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