Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Term used by historian Morse Peckham since 1959 to define a romantic view of Darwinism that is more an evolutionary metaphysic about the nature of reality and the universe, with economic, moral, aesthetic or psychological embellishments, than about a testable scientific theory concerning the origin of extant biological species from pre-existent species. Peckham’s concern is with the consumption of derivative novels, plays, and other secondary media from which is formed a mythical view of ideas about evolutionary theory, without having read the primary literature.