By: Alton C. Thompson
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Darwin’s name has become a household word, as has “natural selection” to a degree, but Kropotkin is a virtual unknown. Why is that? My best guess is that Darwin’s “natural selection” not only reflected Victorian society, but was “in tune” with Victorian thought—illustrating the fact that what is accepted as scientific truth may, at times, have more to do with the societal situation than with verifiable facts. In addition, it seems that arguments have more appeal to most people than do empirical facts: For some reason the elegance of an argument seems to have more impact on people’s thinking than do bare facts—even though the premises of the argument may be invented, rather than actual, facts.
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About the author: Al Thompson works (data management) for an Engineering (Avionics) firm in Milwaukee. Click here to mail him.
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