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POLL: How Much Is Darwin to Blame for WWI?


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Sir Able Brush Supporting Member of TMP writes:

I do think any sugestion of a link is based on the misconception that evolution and the manner in which is has shaped human society and psyche did not exist before Darwin described it.

All of the tendencys and forces which evolution creates in humanity applied before Darwin – so would be equally applicable BD as well as AD.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Darwin is entirely to blame
3
1%
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Darwin played a vital role
0
0%
 
Darwin played an important role
7
2%
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Darwin's theories played a minor role
48
14%
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Darwin had little influence on European history
79
24%
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no blame for Darwin
181
54%
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no opinion
17
5%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Some historians make the case that Charles Darwin's "survival of the fittest" theory of evolution came to be adapted to apply to the affairs of nations - that there was a growing sense by the end of the 19th Century among Europeans that nations were fated to warfare, so that the "fittest" should gain dominance.

Thus, some say, the stage was set for WWI.

How much of the blame for World War One belongs to Darwin, then?