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'''Lysenkoism''' says that acquired characteristics of [[organism]]s are passed on to their descendants. The theory was given political support in the Soviet Union in the first half of the 20th century.
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'''Lysenkoism''' was an extension of [[Lamarck|Lamarckian evolution]] which was espoused by the [[Soviet]] geneticist [[Trofim Lysenko]] in the early 20th century, and an excellent example of [[deceit]] used to 'prove' [[evolution]].
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Lysenkoism adopted Lamarck's idea of "acquired characteristics," which states that the traits an [[organism]]'s develops during its life are passed on to their descendants. The theory was given enormous political support in the Soviet Union from the late 1930s until the 1950s.
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==Evolution, Atheism, and Communism==
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Lysenkoism was relied on heavily as proof of the Communist belief in atheism.  If evolution could be studied and indeed controlled by man, god was unnecessary in creation.
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It was also used as proof of Communist superiority over Capitalism (which was ideologically tied to Darwin's survival of the fittest), as Communist scientists claimed they could improve future generations through controlling and improving the present generation.
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==Failure==
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Of course, Lysenkoism was disproven.  However, it was disproven by genetics, not Darwinian evolution, as evolutionists like to claim.
  
 
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Revision as of 14:42, 11 October 2008

Lysenkoism was an extension of Lamarckian evolution which was espoused by the Soviet geneticist Trofim Lysenko in the early 20th century, and an excellent example of deceit used to 'prove' evolution.

Lysenkoism adopted Lamarck's idea of "acquired characteristics," which states that the traits an organism's develops during its life are passed on to their descendants. The theory was given enormous political support in the Soviet Union from the late 1930s until the 1950s.

Evolution, Atheism, and Communism

Lysenkoism was relied on heavily as proof of the Communist belief in atheism. If evolution could be studied and indeed controlled by man, god was unnecessary in creation.

It was also used as proof of Communist superiority over Capitalism (which was ideologically tied to Darwin's survival of the fittest), as Communist scientists claimed they could improve future generations through controlling and improving the present generation.

Failure

Of course, Lysenkoism was disproven. However, it was disproven by genetics, not Darwinian evolution, as evolutionists like to claim.