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By David Stove, D C Stove

Arguing that the evolutionist's view of human lifestyles, particularly, is as a lot an offence to good judgment because it is to universal decency, this learn assaults Darwin's conception because it arguably postulated a constant fight for all times in all species.

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The merinos in a prize Australian flock, for slample, are not dornestic pets, are not wild animals in a reserve, and yet are not in captivity ,, either: there are no such things as feral sheep. These merinos are, of course, well fed, but they by no means increase up to the limit that the available food would allow. For the breeders rigorously cull the offspring with an eye to maintaining or improving the quality of the flock. Other populations which are well fed but do not obey the Malthus-Darwin principle are most of the experimental animals or plants which scientists maintaitr, not for profit but in order to learn something new in plant genetics, or whatever it might be.

In fact either of these things is, in general,far more stongly and unifonnly unfavourable to reproduction than religion in general is. 27 That men of intellectual or artistic genius uue comparatively infertile, is an old belief. It is also a well-founded one. But it has always botn puzaea and annoyed those who adhere to the Malthus-Darwin principle. In fact one Darwinian - Francis Galton, no less - wrote a famous bok, HereditmyGenius,(rg69), for the express purpose of refuting this ancient opinion.

Which are told by Freudian and other sex maniacs, by neo-Darwinian reproduction maniacs, and by Enlightened persons generally. Some of these stories are perfectly believable, of course, though others are not. But the one story which is perfectly unbelievable is thp story that the Malthus-Darwin principle tells; that priests, doctors, and soldiers always and everywhere reproduce up to the limit set by the availability of food. There are, then, several large and perrnanent professions of people, from whom is required a greater or lesser degree of sexual abstinence.

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