Does Modern Science Hinder Skepticism? The Eugenics Example

One of the important and counterintuitive insights that C.S. Lewis offered was his observation that far from encouraging skepticism, the mention of "science" can call forth a perilous gullibility, not least from educated, intelligent people who should know better. Healthy skepticism is a cornerstone of the scientific process. Knowledge is advanced and new discoveries are made by challenging scientific results and testing alternative hypotheses. Lewis recognized, though, that science can also promote an uncritical acceptance of views that are said to be backed by science or wrapped in science-y language. In Lewis's time, most scientists supported eugenics, or the belief that the gene pool of humans should be improved, and they argued that their views were supported by science. These views led to policies such as forced sterilization of those deemed to be of less worth, such as criminals and the handicapped. These policies were not only popular in authoritarian regimes like Nazi Germany, but in democracies such as the United States and England. Anyone who opposed what the vast majority of scientists were saying must be "anti-science," it was argued. So what has changed since then? Are we supposed to believe that just a century ago, elite opinion in science and in the culture at large was so terribly fallible and vulnerable to being misled by prejudice -- yet today, it cannot err?

Eugenics Still Present in the U.S. Today

Eugenics is a scientific program first broached by Charles Darwin in the Descent of Man, named and pioneered by his cousin Francis Galton, and promulgated by Darwinists now for a century and a half. It is a clear corollary derived from the theory of natural selection. If man arose by a violent struggle for existence, man's kindness to the weak undermined natural selection and endangered the biological health of our race. The "scientific" solution to the crisis was the culling of the unfit, mostly through involuntary sterilization.

German Medical Society Apologizes for Nazi-era Atrocities by Doctors

by Vera Sharav
Alliance for Human Research Protection
Sixty-eight years after the verdict concluding the Nuremberg Doctors Trial–a verdict that includes the Nuremberg Code–the German Medical Association (Bundesarztekammer) has finally acknowledged the culpability of Germany’s medical community during the Nazi regime.
On May 23, 2012, the German Medical Association issued a Declaration and apology at Nuremberg, at […]

More Missing Links — of Darwin, Eugenics and Hitler

by Bruce Chapman
Evolution News and Views

Yale Alumni Magazine has done the world a favor by exposing one of the skeletons in the closet of that and other universities: the eugenics movement.

The author, Richard Conniff, though himself a Darwinist, doesn’t pull punches. A century ago, he explains, well-meaning professors who contributed in positive ways to economics […]

American Eugenics on the Eve of Nazi Expansion: The Darwin Connection

by Michael Flannery
Evolution News
In the face of strong and convincing evidence linking Darwinism to the evolutionary ethic and “racial hygiene” of the Nazis (see Richard Weikart’s From Darwin to Hitler and Hitler’s Ethic; see also the Nazi propaganda film “Upfer der Vergangenheit” [“Victims of the Past”]), Darwinian ideologues have typically reacted with denials and indignation. […]