Darwin, Darwinism, and the Modern World

Darwin, Darwinism, and the Modern World

Audiobook CD - 2004
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"This course will introduce the major themes of Darwin's works and explore their diverse, often contradictory impacts on science and society from 1859 to the present"--Container.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, ©℗2004
ISBN: 9781402581908
Branch Call Number: QH366.2 .S46 2004c (CD)
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (14 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guide (80 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm.)
Alternative Title: Recorded Books presents


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Mar 04, 2014

A good overview of the history of the evolution (unfolding) of the science and societal impact of biological evolution. Effectively points out that Darwin did not invent species mutability, but presented the best plausible explanation based on evidence available in the mid 1800s. “Social Darwinism” was a convenient pejorative label for theories of society that more correctly should have been called “social Spencerism” or “social Malthusism”, but that would require some actual knowledge of the subject. Laissez-faire capitalism, admired by conservatives, closely resembles social Darwinism. Charles Darwin was a conventional English gentleman, who hated slavery and trained to be a Church of England priest. Not convinced that the author clearly defines “Darwinism” in its multiple contexts, whether scientific or social, and the text is somewhat repetitious – hence lower rating. Prefer: “Evolutionary Biology - Part One the Darwinian Revolutions” 2011 by MacNeill, Allen D. Audiobook CD


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