Old Wine in New Bottles: How Darwin Recruited Malthus to Fortify a Failed Idea from Antiquity

abiogenesis, Alphonse de Candolle, Aristotle, atheists, atomism, Charles Bradlaugh, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, Christianity, complexification, David Hume, Edward Aveling, Epicurus, Erasmus Darwin, Evolution, Friedrich Engels, Georges Cuvier, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Greece, Homo sapiens, Intelligent Design, Karl Marx, Law of Correlation, Lucretius, Matthew Arnold, Middle Ages, natural selection, Origin of Species, Patrick Matthew, Plato, Poor Law, Rome, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Malthus, transhumanism, Unmoved Mover, Victorian England, William Paley
It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited. Source
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The Dawkinsian Mythology

Anthony Flew, Bernard de Fontenelle, Charles Darwin, complexification, David Stove, Evolution, gemmules, heredity, Intelligent Design, John Gray, Martian canals, Mary Midgely, meme, pangenesis, Percival Lowell, phlogiston, Richard Dawkins, Richard Spilsbury, The Selfish Gene, Why Words Matter: Sense and Nonsense in Science (series)
Philosopher Mary Midgely pointed out the fatuousness of the “meme” hypothesis in painfully direct terms. Source
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