Definition of Darwinism in US English:



  • The theory of the evolution of species by natural selection advanced by Charles Darwin.

    Darwin argued that since offspring tend to vary slightly from their parents, mutations that make an organism better adapted to its environment will be encouraged and developed by the pressures of natural selection, leading to the evolution of new species differing widely from one another and from their common ancestors. Darwinism was later developed by the findings of Mendelian genetics (see neo-Darwinian)

    • ‘My position is that there isn't a necessary connection between Darwinism and atheism.’
    • ‘I can't think of any theory as broad as Darwinism or Freudianism that could be falsified directly.’
    • ‘Science fiction is firmly rooted in Darwinism and presents a distorted view of reality.’
    • ‘Among the things that Darwinism made were behaviours, which are predispositions to react in certain ways.’
    • ‘There are many Christian evolutionists, and many ways to reconcile Christianity with Darwinism.’
    • ‘He singles out Dawkins as promoting the view that Darwinism is a Universal Explanation of Everything.’
    • ‘The big bang and Darwinism are two halves, physical and biological, of an atheistic origins myth.’
    • ‘For us as scientists, natural selection and Darwinism are essentially synonymous.’
    • ‘The Christians seem to be allowed less difficulty in accepting evolutionism in general and Darwinism in particular.’
    • ‘He seems to be saying that there is evolution but that Darwinism is not the explanation.’
    • ‘Could anyone be so nuts as to suggest that creationism and Darwinism be taught side by side, as competing theories of how we all got here?’
    • ‘The way the tail grows could prove Darwinism and evolution or prove it totally wrong!’
    • ‘Acceptance of Darwinism and rejection of religion were critical for the new movements of communism.’
    • ‘Margulis and Sagan say that Darwinism never really addresses where new species come from.’
    • ‘How can the evolution of human ethics be reconciled with Darwinism?’
    • ‘The second of the central tenets of classical Darwinism is the unfettered efficacy of natural selection.’
    • ‘The combination of Darwinism and molecular biology has created the orthodoxy known as neo-Darwinism.’
    • ‘As Fuller sees it, Darwinism is being taught as dogma and intelligent design acts as a ‘critical foil’ to those ideas.’
    • ‘They say that Darwinism is not about how life got started, but rather, how life evolved.’
    • ‘It was inevitable that Darwinism and its later development into the science of genetics should face fierce opposition from theologians.’
    natural selection
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