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Repost: Barzun before the Synthesis

December 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Darwin, Marx, Wagner by Jacques Barzun, already cited today, is a long lost classic that should be reprinted, but which is now available in Kindle e-book form. Barzun naively produced a critque of Darwinism in the 1940’s in the same spirit as a critique of Marx, and Wagner. There was nothing untoward in that in that period, just before the crystallization of the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis, which was accompanied by the rising tide of dogamatism and intolerance in academia to Darwin dissenters. And Barzun’s book shows how a non-specialist can critique Darwinism better than specialized experts.
We need a real history of this developing Synthesis, and the way in which it began to become a sheme of near mind-control

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