Darwin Day in America

How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science

John G. West

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“A superb overview of what happens once we start seeing man as an overachieving worm.” —Marvin Olasky, World


In this updated edition of his captivating, extensively researched Darwin Day in America, Dr. John G. West tells the disturbing story of scientific expertise run amok, exposing how an ideological interpretation of Darwinian biology and reductionist science has been used to degrade American culture. Featuring a new chapter on the rise of “totalitarian science” in the age of Obama.


“West does an excellent job showing how Darwinian science has cheapened human life and limited man’s horizons.” —Chronicles

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“A superb overview of what happens once we start seeing man as an overachieving worm.”
—Marvin Olasky,
World

At the dawn of the twentieth century, scientists and politicians giddily predicted that science—especially Darwinian biology—would supply solutions to all the intractable problems of American society, from crime to poverty to sexual maladjustment.

But the results have been disastrous, as Discovery Institute senior fellow John G. West demonstrates in this captivating book. Based on extensive archival research, Darwin Day in America shows how the ideology of scientism has corrupted—and dehumanized—American politics and culture.

West tells the disturbing story of scientific expertise run amok, exposing how an ideological interpretation of Darwinian biology and reductionist science has been used to degrade American culture and fuel a relentless march from democracy to technocracy.

And in a brand-new chapter for the paperback edition, West reveals how we are now witnessing the rise of “totalitarian science,” whose defenders are f ghting to remake
every sphere of human life, from public policy and education to ethics and religion.

Interview with John G. West

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Format Paperback
Pages 450
Publisher ISI Books
What They're Saying...

“West does an excellent job showing how Darwinian science has cheapened human life and limited man’s horizons. . . . This book demands a sequel.” —Chronicles

“The definitive scholarly critique of the social implications of treating human beings as uppity animals. Darwin Day in America is an indispensable guidebook for the coming debate over whether a civilization based on amoral Darwinian materialism is fit to survive—a must read for all who fail to recognize what is at stake in teaching the materialist superstition.” —George Gilder, author of Wealth and Poverty

“West superbly makes the case that Darwin had plenty of bad ideas, and we are seeing plenty of ugly consequences today as a result. This very important book deserves to be widely read and discussed.” —Culture Watch

“West makes a solid case for how all such ugly social and cultural radicalism finds solid ideological grounding in the ideas of Darwin. For too long there have been apologists for Darwin who have sought to argue that a large gulf looms between the biological ideas of Darwin and Social Darwinism. West very capably demonstrates that there is in fact very little distance between the two.” —News Weekly

Darwin Day in America is a thoroughly documented book (almost 100 pages of endnotes) written in an easy, fluent style. It is much to be recommended.” —New Oxford Review

“John West has done a characteristically excellent job in analyzing social Darwinism and the insidious ideology which has infected almost every area of American public policy. This is provocative and important reading." —Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship

“A superb overview of what happens once we start seeing man as an overachieving worm. John West shows how a Darwin Day worldview affects everything from sex and philanthropy to crime and euthanasia.”  —Marvin Olasky, World magazine

“A deep and comprehensive study of scientific materialism’s morally corrupting effects on American public policy.” —Larry Arnhart, author of Darwinian Conservatism

“If you think that the debate over materialism is irrelevant to your own life, you need to read John West’s important and fascinating book. West provides shocking detail showing how scientific materialism and Darwinism have influenced many realms of American society and culture, including criminal justice, economics, business, education, and medicine.” —Richard Weikart, author of From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany

“A well-documented account of the frightening influence of philosophical materialism on the application of science to American society.” —Robert C. Koons, University of Texas at Austin

ISBN 1610171359
ISBN13 9781610171359
Eligible for Readers Club Discount Yes

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