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Darwinism Darwinism a scientific theory that supported the belief of evolution was manipulated and applied to different areas of life and thus it became the shaping force in European thought in the last half of the nineteenth century Darwin through observation of organisms determined that a system of natural selection controlled the evolution of species He found that the organisms that were most fit and assimilated to the environment would survive They would also reproduce so that over time they would eventually dominate in numbers over the organisms with weaker characteristics This new theory was radical and interesting to the scientific world but its effects reach far beyond this small institution of intellectuals People applied Darwinism and its belief in survival of the fittest to all areas of life They used it as a natural law which supported their actions and beliefs Advocates manipulated the scientific doctrine to fulfill their personal needs and to justify religious beliefs capitalism and military conquests Darwinism greatly impacted the scientific world purely through its specific doctrine The enlightenment had paved the way for rational thinking and observation People were willing to accept scientific data as fact and they were able to objectively consider theories that went against the church Because of the story of creation Darwinism would have been immediately rejected only a few centuries earlier People used Darwinism as a weapon to strike at the validity of the powerful religious institutions of the period It was because of the many drastic changes in the beliefs of the people and the advancement of the logical world that Darwinism was well accepted as a scientific truth Beyond the exact definition of Darwinism many people found personal applications to the scientific doctrine Not only was survival of the fittest an established truth in nature it was also more than evident in human society Many people after reading the benefits associated with reproduction of the strong began to place human
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