Sigmund Freud and the theory of evolution

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Sigmund Freud and the theory of evolution

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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was deeply indebted
to the evolutionary training he received in Germany
as a young man. He fully accepted it, as well as
*Haeckel’s recapitulation theory. Freud began his Introductory
Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1916) with
Haeckel’s premise: “Each individual somehow recapitulates
in an abbreviated form the entire development of the
human race” (*R. Milner, Encyclopedia of Evolution,
1990, p. 177).

Freud’s “Oedipus complex” was based on a theory of
“primal horde” he developed about a “mental complex”
that caveman families had long ago. His theories of anxiety
complexes, and “oral” and “anal” stages, etc., were
based on his belief that our ancestors were savage.
*H.G. Wells (1866-1946), the science fiction pioneer
based his imaginative writings on evolutionary teachings.
He had received a science training under Professor
*Thomas H. Huxley, *Darwin’s chief defender.
*Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), like a variety
of other evolutionist leaders before and after, was
an avid spiritist. Many of his mystery stories were based
on evolutionary themes.
*George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was so deeply
involved in evolutionary theory, that he openly declared
that he wrote his plays to teach various aspects of the
theory (*R. Milner, Encyclopedia of Evolution, 1990, p.

Piltdown Man (1912). In 1912, parts of a jaw and
skull were found in England and dubbed “Piltdown
Man.” News of it created a sensation. The report of a
dentist, in 1916, who said someone had filed down the
teeth was ignored. As we will learn below, in 1953 the
fact that it was a total hoax was uncovered. This, like
all the later evidences that our ancestors were part ape,
Brief History of Evolutionary Theory 37
has been questioned or repudiated by reputable scientists.
See chapter 13, Ancient Man.
World War I (1917-1918). Darwinism basically taught
that there is no moral code, our ancestors were savage,
and civilization only progressed by violence against
others. It therefore led to extreme nationalism, racism,
and warfare through Nazism and Fascism. Evolution was
declared to involve “natural selection”; and, in the
struggle to survive, the fittest will win out at the expense
of their rivals. *Frederich von Bernhard, a German
military officer, wrote a book in 1909 extolling evolution
and appealing to Germany to start another war.
*Heinrich von Treitsche, a Prussian militarist, loudly called
for war by Germany in order to fulfill its “evolutionary
destiny” (*Heinrich G. von Treitsche, Politics, Vol. 1, pp.
66-67). Their teachings were fully adopted by the German
government, and it only waited for a pretext to start the
war (*R. Milner, Encyclopedia of Evolution, 1990, p. 59).
Communist Darwinism. *Marx and *Engels’ acceptance
of evolutionary theory made *Darwin’s theory the
“scientific” basis of all later communist ideologies (*Robert
M. Young, “The Darwin Debate,” in Marxism Today,
Vol. 26, April 1982, p. 21).

Communist teaching declared
that evolutionary change, which taught class struggle,
came by revolution and violent uprisings. Communist
dogma declares that Lamarckism (inheritance of acquired
characteristics) is the mechanism by which this is done.
Mendelian genetics was officially outlawed in Russia
in 1948, since it was recognized as disproving evolution.
Communist theorists also settled on “synthetic speciation”
instead of natural selection or mutations as the
mechanism for species change (*L.B. Halstead, “Museum
of Errors,” in Nature, November 20, 1980, p. 208). This
concept is identical to the sudden change theory of
*Goldschmidt and *Gould, which we will mention later.


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