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By Julian S. Huxley, Theodosius Dobzhansky, Reinhold Niebuhr, Oliver L. Reiser, Swami Nikhilananda

This assortment positive factors 5 essays from famous theologians, philosophers, geneticists, and biologists who talk about the sweeping influence of Charles Darwin's On the foundation of Species on their respective fields. This quantity, edited through Ralph Buchsbaum, professor of biology on the collage of Pittsburgh, was once released to have fun the centenary of Darwin's declaration in 1858, in addition to Alfred Russel Wallace, in their self sustaining discovery of the method of traditional choice. Darwin's publication was once released twelve months later.

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The idea of evolution is found in the Vedas, which date back to at least two thousand years before Christ.

Thus a "class struggle" was prompted which brought Western civilization to the very edge of disaster. Herbert Spencer was not a social Darwinist, but he also regarded the Darwinian triumph as validating his historical fatalism and optimism. He agreed with the social Darwinists at least on the point of obscuring the fact that man has an ambiguous place in the historical process; for he is both creature and creator in the process, and he dare not abdicate his responsibilities as creator or forget his importance as creature.

Some of them are apparently due to climatic variations, others are perhaps of a more permanent character. Competition and Cooperation The century which has elapsed since Darwin and Wallace first formulated their theory of natural selection has not only strengthened the factual basis of the theory but also changed the emphasis in studies on the action of selective processes. Darwin acknowledged that the idea of natural selection was suggested to him by the writings of Malthus, who argued that the growth of human populations tends to outrun their food supply.

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