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CafeLitt 112: Social Darwinism

Thu 19 Mar 2009, 19:00, by Ali Yoonessi, at GSA House: 2030 Mackay,Montreal, QC (Map)
Charles Darwin is usually considered one of the most influential scientists of the recent times. His theory of natural selection has become widely accepted by the scientific community and general public. An extension to his theory, social Darwinism, suggested by his half-cousin , Francis Galton and provided the basis for Eugenic studies. Eugenic studies is concerned with controlled breeding of humans in order to achieve desirable traits in the future generations. Suggestively, the social Darwinism has provided the basis for some major recent phenomenons of our time, including colonialism and racism. The potential links between social darwinism and historical events of the past half-century will be discussed.

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CaféLitt is not a place; it is a gathering of minds. We are a group of mostly Persian young students, scholars and professionals who gather every Thursday evening around 19h00 in a café to discuss various subjects and share different ideas, ranging vastly from history to science, from literature to fine arts. We started these gatherings on Jan 18th, 2007. Each week, one of us takes the responsibility of presenting a topic (in Persian, English or French) for about an hour in a subject s/he is intimately familiar with or has an expertise in. Afterwards, the evening turns into a discussion forum and all members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask their question(s) and share their points of view.
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