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Charles Darwin human nature

Darwin Correspondence Project

The early 1870s were a turning point in the global debate about human evolution, with deep implications for science, colonial expansion, industrial progress, religious belief, and ethical and philosophical debate. Darwin’s correspondence from this period is of fundamental importance for understanding both the development of his theory of human origins and its relationship to prevailing assumptions about human nature.

The extension of evolutionary theory to humans was the most controversial aspect of Darwin’s work in his own day, and it remains the most contentious point in the global debates over Darwinism. Scholars and scientists still disagree about the evolution of moral behaviour, religious temperament, aesthetic taste, and creative potential.

Although Darwinism is still often used to justify competition in human societies, in fact Darwin challenged the primacy of self-interest and gave a new foundation to traditional virtues such as compassion, sympathy, and love. He rooted ethics in animal instincts, but argued that such instincts are modified and strengthened in human societies through the power of natural selection, through our experience of approbation and shame, and through the influence of education and religion. In the Descent of Man, Darwin argued that the golden rule – “do unto others as you would be done by” – could be explained by a scientific, evolutionary, understanding of the development of human behaviour. The irony of this was not lost on him: about this passage he wrote to his daughter Henrietta, “I fear parts are too like a Sermon. Who would ever have thought that I should turn parson?”




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by intergenerations13

Here:
"""""""The truth, of course, is that the only necessary and sufficient condition for human beings to murder one another is the simple fact of being human. We've always been a lustily fratricidal species, one that needed no Charles Darwin to goad us into millenniums of self-slaughter. """"""
Do you believe this?
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Good news! Humans are "naturally nice."

by MeanPeopleSuck

"Biological research is increasingly debunking the view of humanity as competitive, aggressive and brutish.
"Humans have a lot of pro-social tendencies," Frans de Waal, a biologist at Emory University in Atlanta, told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Monday.
New research on higher animals from primates and elephants to mice shows there is a biological basis for behavior such as co-operation, said de Waal, author of The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society.
Until just 12 years ago, the common view among scientists was that humans were "nasty" at the core but had developed a veneer of morality - albeit a thin one, de Waal told scientists and journalists from some 50 countries at the conference in...

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Charles Darwin......?

I have to do a paper for my science class on charles darwin. it has to be in "news paper clipping of that time" form. meaning i have to write about something significant he did like i was a journalist from that time. but i cant really find anything clear enough for me to write 3 pages about. yeah, it's gotta be 3 pages long.

any ideas?
it'd be much appreciated.

Really??? Darwin is credited with Evolution, Evolution has redefined science. His discoveries with Finches that he compiled when he got back from his trip on the HMS Beagle is a good place to start, or maybe his Eureka moment when he was reading Malthus and was able to put together evolution into a coherent idea. Those are two of literally tons of things that would work. 3 pages is an easy assignment!

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