Sunday, February 15, 2009

Trivia Question

The subtitle of this work, which was written almost 150 years ago, is: "The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life". What is the title and who is the author of this still-exalted piece of pseudo-science?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It was Darwin - Origin of the Species.

In his view, the “civilized races” would eventually replace the “savage races throughout the world.” Darwin applied his evolutionary idea of natural selection not only to animal development but also to the development of human “races.” He saw natural selection at work in the killing of indigenous peoples of Australia by the British, wrote here of blacks (some of the “savage races”) being a category close to gorillas, and spoke against social programs for the poor and “weak” because such programs permitted the least desirable people to survive.

Later in life, he came up with the Descent of Man in which he wrote this:
"At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes . . . will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla."

He may have been anti-slavery, but he was very much a documented racist.