… Now it seems that Dawkins is being somewhat more open and consistent in the application of his evolutionary atheism. Eugenics is the ‘science’ developed by Darwin’s cousin, Francis Galton (see Eugenics … death of the defenceless). Based on the principles of ruthless selection, it advocates strengthening the human population, either by culling the ‘less fit’ or by forced sterilization.

After the gruesome unveiling of the Nazi death camps following Allied liberation, eugenics and other forms of social Darwinism slunk shamefacedly into the shadows (note that Darwin himself was definitely a social Darwinist). But they are so utterly, logically consistent with evolutionism that in an ever-more-evolution-believing world, they could not stay down for ever, it seems.

Dawkins himself now says that the eugenic ideas that fuelled the Nazi’s thinking, including their notorious ‘racial hygiene’ and ‘breeding superhumans’ programs, may not be all that bad, after all. In a letter to the editor of the Sunday Herald (Scotland), Dawkins says that while one would not want to be seen agreeing with Hitler, eugenics is practical and desirable. He says that ‘if you can breed cattle for milk yield, horses for running speed, and dogs for herding skill, why on Earth should it be impossible to breed humans for mathematical, musical or athletic ability?’

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