The Discovery Institute has discovered yet another “scientific” reason to despise the theory of evolution. They’ve just posted about the latest “research” by John West (whom we affectionately call “Westie”). Westie was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo above this post.
This is their new post: A New Video Documentary Reveals the Hidden Ideological and Scientific Roots of World War I, which has no author’s byline. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
This month marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War. Between 1914 and 1918, the conflict took 16 million lives in brutal combat yet its causes remain strangely cloudy to most of us.
Now a new documentary film from Discovery Institute reveals the previously neglected ideological and scientific roots of the war that set the stage for the coming of Nazi Germany. The Biology of the Second Reich: Social Darwinism and the Origins of World War I [link omitted] debuts online today.
Exciting, isn’t it? Then they tell us:
In just 14 minutes, viewers are introduced to the powerful currents of Darwinian racial theory that helped to drive German intellectual and military leaders in the years leading up to 1914. Written and directed by Center for Science & Culture associate director John West, the video features the work of California State University historian Richard Weikart, author of the book From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany (Palgrave Macmillan). Dr. Weikart’s previous scholarship has revealed the role of evolutionary speculation that underlay Nazi racial theory.
Wowie — the video was not only written by Westie, he also directed it. What a talented guy! As for their “historian,” Weikart, we’ve written about him before — see Discovery Institute: Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Part V. Let’s read on:
Far less familiar, to the public and even to some historians, is the role that what was then mainstream biology played in driving Germany to war. Some of that country’s leading figures regarded a war of annihilation as a necessary step in assuring the survival and thriving of the fittest race: their own.
What a discovery! Before Darwin, no nation ever fought a war that had any racist motivation. The Discoveroid post continues:
The film acknowledges that the causes of the war were complex, and it doesn’t claim that Darwinian biology was the only influence at work. It does show that Darwinism had an important impact in motivating German militarism.
Yes, it was Darwin’s fault. Hey, Weikart isn’t the first to spot this amazing fact. As we wrote in Darwin Also Caused World War One, William Jennings Bryan — the Great Populist Blowhard — made the same claim (and that earlier post explains the title of our post today). Here’s more from the Discoveroids:
As Dr. Weikart points out, Charles Darwin was a Social Darwinist, but of course had he to lived to see these events, he would have been horrified by the unintended consequences of his ideas.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Darwin probably never heard of social Darwinism, which was concocted by Herbert Spencer — see Banquet at Delmonico’s — Spencer and Social Darwinism. One final excerpt:
The film [written and directed by Westie!] reminds us of the consequences that science, including “consensus” science, can have on culture, playing out in the theater of history, in war and peace, life and death. Watch it now. [Link omitted.]
So there you are, dear reader. Are you convinced now to abandon your Darwinist ways?
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