Darwin Day In America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science

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At the dawn of the last century, leading scientists and politicians giddily predicted that science—especially Darwinian biology—would supply solutions to all the intractable problems of American society, from crime to poverty to sexual maladjustment.
 
Instead, politics and culture were dehumanized as scientific experts began treating human beings as little more than animals or machines. In criminal justice, these experts denied the existence of free will and proposed replacing punishment with invasive “cures” such as the lobotomy. In welfare, they proposed eliminating the poor by sterilizing those deemed biologically unfit. In business, they urged the selection of workers based on racist theories of human evolution and the development of advertising methods to more effectively manipulate consumer behavior. In sex education, they advocated creating a new sexual morality based on “normal mammalian behavior” without regard to longstanding ethical and religious imperatives.
 
Based on extensive research with primary sources and archival materials, John G. West’s captivating Darwin Day in America tells the story of how American public policy has been corrupted by scientistic ideology. Marshaling fascinating anecdotes and damning quotations, West’s narrative explores the far-reaching consequences for society when scientists and politicians deny the essential differences between human beings and the rest of nature. It also exposes the disastrous results that ensue when experts claiming to speak for science turn out to be wrong. West concludes with a powerful plea for the restoration of democratic accountability in an age of experts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933859323
  • Publisher: ISI Books
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


John G. West lives and works in the Seattle and Auburn, WA area. He is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and associate director of the institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the chairman of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, Dr. West holds a Ph.D. in government from Claremont Graduate University. He has been interviewed frequently by the national media, including Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times, and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and C-SPAN.
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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Introduction     xiii
Origins of Scientific Materialism
Nothing Buttery from Atomism to the Enlightenment     3
Darwin's Revolution     23
Crime and Punishment
Criminal Science     45
Crime as Mental Illness     61
Turning Punishment into Treatment     79
Wealth and Poverty
Law of the Jungle     105
Breeding Our Way out of Poverty     123
The Science of Business     163
Building the World of Tomorrow     187
Schools and Scholars
Darwin Day in America     209
Banned in Burlington     231
Junk Science in the Bedroom     269
Sex Miseducation     291
Life and Death
Redefining Life     325
Redefining Death     343
Conclusion: The Abolition of Man     359
Notes     377
Index     473
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2008

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    Just saw this guy on C-SPAN Book TV and am sad that he has absolutley no understanding of science, evolution, or the arguments of the leading popularizers of science. He claims that, because some scientists have found ways to discuss evolution to the religious, that they now advocate teaching a certain type of religion in the school. This is wrong. Many far-right fundamentalist religionists equate evolution with 'materialism' and atheism. That you can't understand evolution to be the way things are and be religious. This is patently false, as Eugenie Scott and Ken Miller demonstrate. There are theological defenses of descent with modification. Not every scientist is an atheist. But this guy takes everything out of context to argue that evolution 'Darwinism, as he puts it--the boogeyman!!' is materialistic and therefore enjoys no theological defense. Watch the CSPAN lecture. Don't buy this book.

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