When Darwin Meets Malthus


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When Darwin Meets Malthus
Throughout this dialogue we will discuss Darwin’s position in comparison with that of Malthus’.
Darwin was convinced that by natural selection, humans were evolving and perfecting themselves by keeping the most capable and durable features. And while population was growing, the strongest who could fight for food and survival were mutating (or evolving) to different ones, leaving the weaker ones to become rare and prone to disappear (Darwin, 181). Malthus, on the other hand, believed that while food was the substance of man’s existence, food and man didn’t grow proportionally equal; therefore, survival became more difficult.
Population, when unchecked, only increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence only...
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.....n and as exposed initially, nature has changed the way it controls the growth of humankind. We don’t have plagues anymore, now we have tsunamis; we don’t die of tuberculosis; but new diseases are discovered every day. Indeed, humans are stronger today than before, we live longer and our bodies have shaped to today’s environments. Even when we have learned to manipulate and influence our own evolution, it is still Mother Nature who has the final word on the selection process.
Works Cited
Malthus, Thomas. On the Principle of Population. Sources, 130-132 pp
Darwin, Charles. Natural Selection. Sources, 181-185 pp
Cavanaugh-O’Keefe, John (1995)(1). Introduction to Eugenics. Retrieved on October 19, 2010 from http://www.emmerich1.com/EUGENICS.htm