evolve yourselves! (^_^)
previously: happy darwin day 2013!
“If during the long course of ages and under varying conditions of life, organic beings vary at all in the several parts of their organisation, and I think this cannot be disputed; if there be, owing to the high geometrical powers of increase of each species, at some age, season, or year, a severe struggle for life, and this certainly cannot be disputed; then, considering the infinite complexity of the relations of all organic beings to each other and to their conditions of existence, causing an infinite diversity in structure, constitution, and habits, to be advantageous to them, I think it would be a most extraordinary fact if no variation ever had occurred useful to each being’s own welfare, in the same way as so many variations have occurred useful to man. But if variations useful to any organic being do occur, assuredly individuals thus characterised will have the best chance of being preserved in the struggle for life; and from the strong principle of inheritance they will tend to produce offspring similarly characterised. This principle of preservation, I have called, for the sake of brevity, Natural Selection.”
- Chas. Darwin, On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection: Or, The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (1859), pgs. 126-27.
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so, this weekend the mencken club is discussing what ought to be in the conservative canon. i’m not there (alas, alack), but here’s my list of essential conservative reading:
- On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life – charles darwin (wouldn’t hurt to read some or all of his other books as well).
- The Selfish Gene – richard dawkins. (just ignore the politically correct bits.)
- edit: Sociobiology: The New Synthesis – e.o. wilson.
- edit: The Blank Slate – The Modern Denial of Human Nature – steven pinker.
- The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilzation Accelerated Human Evolution – greg cochran and henry harpending.
- read and learn all the biology you possibly can. this goes for chemistry and physics, too. edit: and history, too!
- learn as much maths as you can stand, and them some.
- read steve sailer every day. ok, ok — a couple of times every day.
- read all of sam francis.
- read all of pat buchanan.
- read all of jared taylor.
then i think you’ll be in pretty good shape. (^_^)
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