Essays On Charles Darwin
On The Myth That Darwin Influenced Hitler
An extended, book-length (unfinished) work investigating claims that Adolf Hitler's political views were directly influenced by Charles Darwin's scientific findings. Using numerous primary source historical documents it is shown that this was not the case. Rather, the evidence points to strong commonality between Hitler's political philosophy and some historical and contemporary influential schools of thought within fundamentalist Christianity.
The Fictitious Influence Of Darwin On Marx And Engels
It is claimed by some authors that Darwinian evolutionary theory acted as the necessary precursor for Marx and Engels to formulate their political philosophy. This extended essay presents evidence from primary source documents that strongly refutes this claim. First, the timeline would need to be reversed. Second, Marx and Engels consistently showed little respect for Darwin or for those trying to meld Darwinism with socialism. Third, proponents of a Darwin-Marx ideological link depend heavily on both misrepresenting Darwin’s scientific findings and ignoring Marx and Engels' misunderstandings of Darwin's work, particularly concerning Malthusian theory.
The Fictitious Influence Of Darwin On Nietzsche
Primary source historical documents show that Nietzsche neither admired nor was influenced by Darwin. This extended essay demonstrates that claims of a Darwin-Nietzsche ideological link depend heavily on misrepresenting Darwin’s scientific findings and ignoring Nietzsche’s profound misunderstandings of biological evolution.
No, Jerry Bergman: Charles Darwin Was Not Psychotic
Creationist author Jerry Bergman has developed a cottage industry attempting to place doubt on evolutionary theory by invoking ad-hominem and argumentum ad consequentiam attacks on the person of Charles Darwin. This essay is a comprehensive refutation of his charge that Darwin was psychotic and sadistic and his 'psychiatric illness' has influenced evolutionary theory.
Henry Melville And Charles Darwin
A chance finding of a carte de visite led me to investigate the photographer Henry Melville which uncovered his brief, though historically significant professional relationship with Charles Darwin, as well as a sad tale of coincidence and tragedy.