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by David Snoke
It is well known that Charles Darwin was a hardened racist (I will document this with quotes below). But the common reaction today is that his racism was incidental to his scientific work; his ideas had a core of truth that doesn't rely on his racism, which was just a product of his times.
In this post I argue that not only was his racism core to his argument, in fact it was the basis of the entire argument. Remove the racism, and his entire argument falls apart.
Below is an imaginary dialogue I have written between a hypothetical "reasonable white conservative evangelical" and a hypothetical "reasonable black evangelical". The dialogue is imaginary, but it is based on numerous real conversations I have had (with both sides) over the years. Just to be clear: the "white evangelical" does not represent my own views; I agree with some of the points of both of the speakers and try to present counterpoints raised by each side. Both of the speakers say things that I have heard in real conversations, so they are not straw men nor figments of my imagination, but of course, each does not speak for everyone.
David is a physics professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He received his bachelors degree in physics from Cornell University and his PhD in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked for The Aerospace Corporation and was a visiting scientist and Fellow at the Max Planck Institute. His experimental and theoretical research has focused on fundamental quantum mechanical processes in semiconductor optics, i.e. phase transitions of electrons and holes. Two main thrusts have been Bose-Einstein condensation of excitons and polaritons. He has also had minor efforts in numerical biology, and has published on the topic of the interaction of science and theology.