Posted: Sep 04, 2018 5:12 am
by Hermit
jamest wrote:Looks like some cunt like Darwin got it wrong, since as far as I can tell the survival of the fittest doesn't apply here...

For someone claiming to have "studied Darwin many times, via many contentious issues, even at university level" you have learnt remarkably little about the theory of evolution. To start with, the expression "survival of the fittest" has never been written or otherwise uttered by Charles Darwin. It's been invented by Herbert Spencer, who, after reading On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection attempted to transpose Darwin's theory concerning the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life in biological terms to his own economic theories. The attempt to conflate those two spheres under the allegedly common dynamics of "survival of the fittest" became a favourite preoccupation of the later sociiologists and economists.

The first thing you would have learnt - had you benefited from your studies of Darwin's Theory of Evolution at all - is that biological evolution cannot be equated with economic/social evolution. In other words, when you wrote "some cunt like Darwin got it wrong, since as far as I can tell the survival of the fittest doesn't apply here" you are not talking about Darwin, nor the Theory of Evolution. You are talking about sociologists like Spencer and laissez faire capitalism theorists who misappropriated a biological process to explain social developments.