Dystopian Literature 14 The Time Machine

What was life like during the writing of The Time Machine? What was Social Darwinism? Bet you weren't expecting that to be the follow-up question, were you?

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and think about the things that are invented in the

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twentieth century Suddenly we're goingto have cars computers not yet

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the computers are coming and everything in between So at

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the end of the nineteenth century life had been getting

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better for people and it seemed like it was going

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to continue to get better There was increasing urbanisation people

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were living in cities and people have been making all

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sorts of gains in scientific knowledge This led to all

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sorts of theories about what was going to happen to

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society in the future and one theory that was bouncing

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around a lot of this time Wass social darwinism What

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is social darwinism So social darwinism is a kind of

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misguided outgrowth of actual darwinism which is the scientific theory

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of evolution Social darwinism argues basically that within human society

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the buddhist among us are going to survive But the

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fittest means all sorts of different things So the smartest

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people the kind of most socially aggressive people and that

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basically gives a lot of people license to trample all

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over others assuming that they are better and fitter and

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more deserving So this is basically a justification of inequality

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and unequal wealth distribution so that people who thought that

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they were strong thought that they deserved to be rich

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And they didn't need to help people who were poor

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because those were weak people who would die out hopefully

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anyway So these air the ideas that h g wells

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is playing with and he is wondering if you project

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several thousand years in the future like what could possibly

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come out of all of this What was life like

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during the writing of the time machine What is social 00:02:25.72 --> [endTime] darwinism