Charles Darwin’s book, “On the Origin of Species” in 1859, shared new thoughts on evolution with the world. The two main points from the book were that all life on earth is connected and that modifications of populations were sparked by natural selection. Darwinian Evolution became tied up with the saying “Survival of the Fittest.” Inherently natural selection is the idea that traits that are beneficial to an organism surviving and reproducing will be inherited by their offspring.

Darwinian Evolution captures the cycle of science developing from the past to the present. When Charles Darwin first developed his natural selection theory, he brought a mechanism to old philosophy. For example, ancient Greek philosophers wrote about ideas of the descent of man from animals. Charles Darwin took these ideas and observed how organisms developed. His thoughts and ideas provided a new truth to be understood. Over time scientists have been able to build upon Darwin’s theory. We now know more about genetics and how genes encode certain traits. Understanding how specific genes are passed down to offspring has been crucial to understanding mutations in organisms.

My point here is that Darwin made an inference on studying the pattern of evolution. As science developed, they were able to understand the mechanism more clearly to show how Genetics and DNA caused certain traits to be passed down.  Science is a series of building blocks. One person’s theory allows others to provide truths. Society can sometimes misunderstand these theories. Like we saw with the Eugenics movement, not all theories can have a positive impact in society. Darwinism opened up a pathway to expand society’s view on racial inequalities.  This also shows that while Darwin made a huge impact on understanding evolution, society can sometimes twist things around. In today’s world, we must understand the implications behind discoveries. It is important for science to grow and for people to gain new insights, but we must always be careful in how we understand discoveries.