Evolution’s Dirty Laundry

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Even more than religion, Darwin’s perceived legacy upon the social sciences is a dark vein to mine. Whether its Francis Galton and eugenics, Herbert Spencer, or sociobiology, the negative connotations of Darwin’s work caused American anthropologists to eschew Darwin’s legacy. Melissa Brown argues that it’s possible to rehabilitate Darwin not by treating his texts like […]

Even more than religion, Darwin’s perceived legacy upon the social sciences is a dark vein to mine. Whether its Francis Galton and eugenics, Herbert Spencer, or sociobiology, the negative connotations of Darwin’s work caused American anthropologists to eschew Darwin’s legacy. Melissa Brown argues that it’s possible to rehabilitate Darwin not by treating his texts like […]



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