Nick Matzke at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) advised and coached the plaintiff’s lawyers in the Dover case, and in general has made himself useful tracking down the real history of creationism and intelligent design. He’s at it still, and over at Panda’s Thumb tavern he reports that, contrary to Coral Ridge Ministries’ D. James Kennedy’s claims that there is a direct connection from Darwin to Hitler, Darwin made the list of books banned, and perhaps burned, by the Nazis.
Matzke’s work raises serious issues with Richard Weikart’s claim, in From Darwin to Hitler, that there is a direct link.
Interesting reading. Go look.
[…] Perhaps more important, there is not a shred of evidence that Adolf Hitler ever read Darwin, or understood evolution theory, or ever thought to use evolution as a justification for getting rid of peoples he didn’t want in Germany. Nick Matzke at the National Center for Science Education found the actual history — Hitler ban… […]
[…] Hitler and Stalin? Weren’t they those great Christian heroes? Where in the world do mass murderers get the idea that Hitler and Stalin promoted social Darwinism? You don’t think it has anything to do with that “master race” stuff that Hitler received indirectly from Galton, do you? Maybe Stalin is somehow connected with Marxism, a famous theory of sociocultural evolution that, in the late nineteenth century, explicitly relied on Darwinism for scientific justification? […]
Of course, genetic stupidity is not confined to fascists. Stalin had his Lysenko, after all.