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To: RightWhale
Progress as implying improvement

Progress as a word describing a process. I’m aware, however, that one man’s progress can be another man’s excrement sandwich. Motives and objectives define ‘progress.’ Progress can be used as a political tool (the Progressive Party or ‘progressive’ political policies contrasted to another’s ill-conceived or evil intentions) suggesting a superiority of political motives and goals. I’m sorry, but I just can’t get very enthused over ‘schools of thought,’ preferring ideas instead.

Darwin was mystified by the extension of his insight to things other than biological species

I’m not sure mystified, or simply horrified. In any event, I take it that he treated the interested attentions of Marx as though encountering a skunk under the front porch. Marx was thrilled to make a connection between Darwin’s science and Marxian political and economic theories. Darwin couldn’t see it, and refused to affirm the relationship. Avoided it like the plague, as a matter of fact.

624 posted on 06/13/2007 1:48:15 PM PDT by YHAOS
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To: YHAOS
”Progress as implying improvement” Progress as a word describing a process.

Improvement is the meaning as used by sociologists such as Marx and by historians.

629 posted on 06/13/2007 2:38:03 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Treaty)
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