Josef H. Reichholf’s “The Origin of Beauty”


Review writes: For Reichholf the principle of sexual selection promotes altruism, justice and freedom. Darwin sometimes described nature as the great “slaughterhouse” but his theory of sexual selection put forth an image of productive wastefulness. Anyone who believes that Darwin’s second theory is too beautiful to be true will find themselves on shakier ground after reading this book.

The point is that sexual selection (the second theory) is the product of a vitalism that departs from natural selection. Darwin was right about sexual selection, and wrong about the importance of natural selection in grand scale of evolution.

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