Darwin Day In America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science

by John G. West (Author)

Book Description
At the dawn of the last century, leading scientists and politicians giddily
predicted that science—especially Darwinian biology—would supply solutions to
all the intractable problems of American society, from crime to poverty to
sexual maladjustment.

Instead, politics and culture were dehumanized as scientific experts began
treating human beings as little more than animals or machines. In criminal
justice, these experts denied the existence of free will and proposed replacing
punishment with invasive “cures” such as the lobotomy. In welfare, they proposed
eliminating the poor by sterilizing those deemed biologically unfit. In
business, they urged the selection of workers based on racist theories of human
evolution and the development of advertising methods to more effectively
manipulate consumer behavior. In sex education, they advocated creating a new
sexual morality based on “normal mammalian behavior” without regard to
longstanding ethical and religious imperatives.

Based on extensive research with primary sources and archival materials, John G.
West’s captivating Darwin Day in America tells the story of how American public
policy has been corrupted by scientistic ideology. Marshaling fascinating
anecdotes and damning quotations, West’s narrative explores the far-reaching
consequences for society when scientists and politicians deny the essential
differences between human beings and the rest of nature. It also exposes the
disastrous results that ensue when experts claiming to speak for science turn
out to be wrong. West concludes with a powerful plea for the restoration of
democratic accountability in an age of experts.

About the Author
John G. West lives and works in the Seattle and Auburn, WA area. He is a senior
fellow at the Discovery Institute and associate director of the institute’s
Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the chairman of the Department of
Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, Dr. West holds a
Ph.D. in government from Claremont Graduate University. He has been interviewed
frequently by the national media, including Time, Newsweek, and the New York
Times, and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and C-SPAN.

Product Details

Hardcover: 450 pages
Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute (November 6, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933859326



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