We've talked a bit in class about how social Darwinism is a misinterpretation of what the theory of evolution actually says. A common claim by anti-Darwinists is that Hitler was motivated by the theory of evolution by natural selection. Here's an example:
"If everything is a product of chance - purposeless - which is widespread in biology textbooks . . . then I don't think you have any grounds to criticize Hitler." - Historian Richard WeikartAt her blog, Planet of the Apes, science journalist Faye Flam has collected a nice series of scientist responses to this claim. What do you think? Do you think that Darwin could have motivated Hitler? Do you think it matters if he did? Do you think that the theory of evolution encourages racism or immorality?