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Evolution encourages eugenics (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Evolution encourages eugenics (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.


Claim CA006: Evolution promotes eugenics.

Source: Dewitt, David A. 2002. The dark side of evolution.


CreationWiki response:

I don't think it's a coincidence that the author of Talk.Origins doesn't mention the fact that the term eugenics was coined by Charles Darwin's own cousin, Francis Galton, who acknowledged his debt to Darwin's book for the idea.

(Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. Eugenics is based on genetic principles that are independent of evolution. It is just as compatible with creationism, and in fact at least one young-earth creationist (William J. Tinkle) advocated eugenics and selective human breeding (Numbers 1992, 222-223).
2. Many eugenics arguments, such as the expected effect of selective sterilization and the results of interracial mating, are based on bad biology. Better biology education, including the teaching of evolution, can only counter the assumptions on which eugenics is based.

Did the author of Talk.Origins even read the article, or did he just stop when he saw the word eugenics? Eugenics arguments are indeed based on bad biology, but that doesn't change the fact that the idea fits in perfectly with Darwin's idea of survival of the fittest. Talk.Origins fails to offer any reasons why evolution would in any way discourage eugenics, instead resorting to slandering creationists by pointing out one young earth creationist that supposedly advocated selective breeding (a vague source is given, but until I see a direct quote that argument is going nowhere for TO).

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