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Darwinism "is the doctrine that all living things are biological descendants of common ancestors that have been modified by unguided variations and natural selection." [4]

It is named for the nineteenth century English naturalist Charles Darwin, who held that natural selection in combination with random mutation is the directive or creative force of evolution.[1]

The theory of natural selection is one of two major evolutionary theories advanced by Darwin, the other being the theory of descent with modification.[2]

A popular documentary, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, aptly described how Adolf Hitler followed Darwin's ideas to their logical conclusion: the wholesale slaughter of millions of people.

Watch a biology professor who grew up under communism share what it was like to live in a society based on Darwin’s theory of evolution. He also discusses some amazing evidence of intelligent design in our cells.[3]

Science historian Michael Flannery tells us of his belated discovery of the Alpbach Symposium held in March 1968[4] where a number of leading thinkers (Hayek) openly doubted Darwinism and the neo-Darwinian synthesis.[5] Two years earlier the Wistar Institute gave mathematical reasons for their dissent from the neo-Darwinian synthesis.[6]

The modern version of the theory of evolution, based on Darwin's original theory, is sometimes called "Neo-Darwinism".


  1. http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Darwinism
  2. http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Darwinism
  3. Disinherit the Wind: Growing Up in a Darwinian State, Posted on September 18, 2017, Discovery Institute.[1]
  4. Beyond Reductionism: New Perspectives in the Life Sciences - The Alpbach Symposium, 1968. Hardcover – 1969, by Arthur Koestler (Editor),‎ J. R. Smythies (Editor).
  5. Alpbach Symposium: Another 1960s revolt by serious thinkers against Darwinism, Uncommon Descent, October 14, 2017.[2]
  6. 50th Anniversary of the 1966 Wistar Symposium! Mathematical Challenges to the Theory of Evolution [3]

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