Darwin and Hitler: Darwin disavowed selective breeding of humans
The film quotes an extended and seemingly damning passage
from Darwin on the effects of bad breeding.
...No one who has attended to the breeding of
domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of
man. Hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed. If anything seems like a necessary idea to
German master race theory, it surely is this.
But just a minute. Actually, the
influence of breeding is not Darwins idea at all - he is merely pointing out
what we have known for literally thousands of years since humans domesticated
animals. And most importantly, Darwin
himself emphatically disavows any
such program for humans. The quote given
in the movie completely excises a large section and a crucial qualifier in the
middle of passage - excepting in the case of man himself. And it entirely leaves off Darwins
conclusion: we cannot restrain our sympathy without deterioration in the
noblest part of our nature and if we neglect the weak and helpless, it could
only be for contingent benefit with an overwhelming present evil. Darwin explicitly asserted that refusing to
help, let alone destroying, the needy and the infirmed is both contrary to our
nature and morally repugnant. The very
opposite of Hitler and sadly, the opposite of the views ascribed to him by Expelled.
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