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Darwinism

Darwinism is a term used to describe how Darwin’s (1809-1882) work influenced biology as well as philosophy as a whole and even economics and politics. His most well-known works include “the origin of species by means of natural selection” in which it revolutionized our understanding of life on earth. Darwin arguments and convincing kinds of evidence proves that living things change over time and that they are related to one another genealogically. Other works include “The descent of man” where Darwin’s main thesis shows that the difference between mankind and animals is not one of kind, but of degree.

With the discovery recently within the field of epigenetics Darwin  work has become increasingly important particularly on the evolution of species and biological diversity. His view upon the importance of biological diversity, the millions of different species that all plays an important part, without the richness even humans will not be able to evolve. The biological diversity is so important that for example humans will not be able to solve problems such as cancers, AIDS, viruses and infections diseases. Drug manufactures cannot make drugs without having a biological sample and synthesize it chemically. For example 25% of all drugs on prescription globally are made from the Amazon rainforest alone. Another example morphine that allows surgery is synthesised from raw opium in 1803. Morphine is ten times stronger than poppy seeds. The medical company Bayer synthesised Heroin in 1898 the bestselling drug brand of all time.

Recommended posts: Do we have a story crisis? From the post ” Part  Twelve epigenetics Science is it the saviour for human survival? “Science of epigenetics the most essential field of scientifical discovery, the missing puzzle of what makes us who we are and why is near an understanding of the mechanisms and chemistry of human mind, behaviour and how we are affected by environmental factors as well as emotional stressors from parenthood, essentially fetal and early stage of life. The findings bring science and religions closer. The science of epigenetics fieldworks that the economic model of capitalism has massive consequences for the human as well ecological crisis, living a life in the fast lane. From the book Epigenetic Aspects of Chronic Diseases; “Until recently, been mostly circumstantial and not experimentally confirmed. Detailed epidemiological studies have been carried out on distinct groups of individuals exposed to famine at different time-points. Ravelli and colleagues showed that boys whose mothers were exposed to famine in early and mid-gestation during the Dutch Hunger Winter (Nov 1944–May 1945) had twice the rate of obesity over controls when drafted into the army“. The human disaster took place during the Second World War final winter in the northern part of Holland, occupied by the Nazi German troops who removed all the food for their own use during the winter and sealed off the part of the country (source Epigenetic Aspects of Chronic Diseases published 2011 by Springer Verlag London Limited).

Recommended website: Stanford Encyclopedia Philosophy


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