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Comment by Gary Berg-Cross on June 9, 2012 at 8:59am

Early Social Darwinism had primitive notions of fitness and that biology was destiny. Interestingly, the word "eugenics" was coined in 1883 by Darwin cousin scientist Francis Galton. Galton wanted to promote the ideal of perfecting the human race by, as it is often put, weeding out "undesirables" while promoting "desirables." This may have seen simpler in Galton's day before we knew the mechanics of genetics, although there were efforts to study identical twins to see how much intelligence is inherited. If you take an Intro Psych course today you might learn about how the early English studies actually fabricated data. We know a lot more today about the essentially interactive nature of intelligence emerging in the environment.

But there seems to be a new version of Social Darwinism disguised "as deficit-reduction plan, it’s really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It’s nothing but thinly veiled Social Darwinism. It’s antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who’s willing to work for it"

See "Social Darwinism Version 3.2" at

Comment by alexa penzner on October 31, 2011 at 2:43pm
tenken - interesting about argentina - they need to work out all that trauma as a nation - and talk about it a lot. freudian therapy is good for that.  it does get stuck, though, in the miasma of one's problems - leading a person out of this has changed.
Comment by alexa penzner on October 31, 2011 at 2:35pm
yeah, susan, that's true for getting into psychology, but it is not always pure freudian psychoanalysis anymore.  it is important to completely (as much as one can) understand oneself to help others and understand how therapy really works.
Comment by Susan Stanko on October 31, 2011 at 1:35pm
I think my best friend had to be psychoanalyzed as part of her Education Psychology program to get her Masters.
Comment by Tenken on October 31, 2011 at 12:17pm
Comment by Tenken on October 31, 2011 at 12:16pm
The only one I know for sure is Argentina.
Comment by alexa penzner on October 31, 2011 at 12:08pm
umm - like where? certainly not in europe - please no. . . america was the place freud caught on the most - not europe. . .
Comment by Tenken on October 31, 2011 at 12:02pm
I know this might be hard to believe, but in some countries, psychoanalysis and Freud are still wildly popular.
Comment by Steph S. on October 30, 2011 at 8:41pm
Cool - we do have some things in common. The Samhain circle sounds cool. I would love to read what you wrote if you would like to share it with me.
I never agreed with Freud either.
Comment by alexa penzner on October 30, 2011 at 8:30pm
i am not a Freudian by any means - it makes me ill.  i had a professor who taught us all the various kinds of theories. when he got to freud, he said he had to teach us, although he did not agree.  he spent 2 hours walking bakc and forth across the room red in the face.  he was fantastic :]

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