From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2012 15:49:01 +0100 Archived: Mon, 09 Jul 2012 11:41:21 -0400 Subject: Re: Types Of Aliens To Expect? >From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2012 19:02:04 -0500 >Subject: Re: Types Of Aliens To Expect? >>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> >>Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2012 00:27:42 +0100 >>Subject: Types Of Aliens To Expect? <snip> >> www.ufoupdateslist.com/2012/jul/m03-001.shtml >>Yet if we had pursued Wallace's theory of evolutionary >>Platonism we would have to forecast humans improving morally >>and ethically, as even Darwin (a notably unintelligent and >>chauvinist man) was forced to admit was slowly happening. >"Notably unintelligent and chauvinist" - as compared to you, >Ray? >What a strange thing to say about a seminal figure in the >history of science and, beyond that, of human understanding >generally. Hi Jerome, here's a sample: Pangenesis - "all-producing" - a pet belief of Darwin's Darwin thought that tiny particles called `gemmules' were produced by body cells and that these eventually traveled to the sex organs and influenced future offspring. Importantly - Daewin thought these `gemmules' picked up on parents' activities and passed those temporary traits on to any children. That is, he thought skills or characteristics acquired during the life of the parent could be inherited by offspring note: Now we'd call that sort of belief `Lamarckian' - and illogical. More - Darwin seriously speculated that these imaginary `gemmules' passed from male to female in sperm and so might be a reason for some women "coming to resemble their husbands". note: Many women & men choose partners with the bone structure of their parent(s), hence couples can often resemble each other later in life. Check any newspaper archives. Telegony - "offspring at a distance" - a belief held from before and through Victorian times. Some folk, including Darwin, believed that males could somehow pass on traits to later children of a woman, even though the children were fathered by another man! Unbelievably, Telegony was taught, and decreed as a fact in text books for up to 70 years without any real attempt at verification. No viable tests were ever made, the idea being dropped from science fashion only when Mendel's basic logic began to dominate. More chauvinism from Darwin - in `The Origin of Species' he began a chapter on sexual selection: "Man is more courageous, pugnacious, and energetic than woman and has more inventive genius". note: When women have the chance of equal education they can outshine men, and often have greater scientific integrity see www.perceptions.couk.com/greatest.html More of Darwin's sexist (+ racist) chauvinism, in `The Descent of Man':- "Woman seems to differ from man in mental disposition ... these faculties are characteristic of the lower races, and therefore of a past and lower state of civilization." - Personal note: only picked up on Wallace's theoretical extension to `natural selection' when small research (more than a decade ago) made me realize that violence in human society was actually decreasing over the long-term. Later email discussions with a guy at Stanford - who took the pessimist view - led me to put it onto a web-page, see below. Then some more reading brought me to the `Wallace Pages' of Prof. Charles H. Smith (Western Kentucky University) who was very helpful. See: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/index1.htm A co-incidence allowed me to present the basic concept and supporting statistics on a BBC radio program, where it was received with disbelief (the media, along with police and politicians have vested interests in keeping people scared so always claim that "Violence is increasing"). You might see that Steven Pinker has recently also noticed these facts (maybe he read the page: www.perceptions.couk.com/violence.html it's been up about ten years or more). Cheers Ray D Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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