Freudian Script Fortnight 25/04/17

A slightly delayed review of two weeks of mental health and disability in the news... "Survival of the fittest" is bullshit, pass it on https://twitter.com/twomiletower/status/852670630516457473 As Petya points out later in the thread, the inverted commas are important here - this is a misuse of Darwin's concept. It is "survival of the fittest" as used by survivalists, eugenicists and Nazis. It is arguably what drives the "American Dream" and Tory Britain - if you work hard and contribute, you will succeed. Exploring this topic further, Darwin did not originate the phrase "survival of the fittest". It was commentary by Herbert Spencer, which was incorporated into later volumes of Darwin's work. It is used by biologists to refer to the survival of random mutations in a population. One of my favourite examples is sickle cell anaemia. This is an autosomal recessive condition, which means you need a pair of defective genes to cause the disease. However, if people have only one gene, they can better fight...
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