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Evolutionary medicine and society: key points

  • Evolutionary theory affects the way we think about human thought, nature and culture.
  • While evolutionary theory discounts the need for an active creator that forms the foundation of most religions, religion and belief need not be, and in most cases are not, in conflict with evolutionary thinking.
  • Since its 1859 publication, Darwin’s evolutionary theory has influenced many, some of whom developed and supported ideas and practices that were controversial and even abominable: most prominently eugenics and Nazi racial theories. Darwin and his theory of evolution cannot be held responsible for these misapplications.

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