Darwin-L Message Log 5:137 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<5:137>From azlerner@midway.uchicago.edu  Tue Jan 25 13:16:07 1994

Date: Tue, 25 Jan 94 13:23:57 CST
From: "asia z lerner" <azlerner@midway.uchicago.edu>
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: intro and tools

	I would like to interject to head off a misunderstanding. I don't
	believe the original question of when this hypothesis was first proposed
	meant to promote the hypothesis;

My answere was certainly intended to be understood in historical terms. The
slew of posts denying that "physical evolution stopped" comes as a surprise:)

	nor is the hypothesis generally accepted today. We do recognize
	that natural selection continues to act on our species.

Certainly - there have been any number of extinctions of non-European races
_in historically observable timeframe_, but Wallace's point was that from
certain time onwards the only points on which Natural Selection brings pressure
is intelligence. That is, natives were going extinct [evolutionary process]
because of their lesser mental dveloppment as a species. [please don't flame,
it ain't me, it's history]


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