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Misquoted Darvin – another example of meme evolution

Filed under: memetics — sandokan65 @ 12:06

The Panda’sThumb blog (http://pandasthumb.org/) has an posting (http://pandasthumb.org/archives/2009/09/survival-of-the-1.html) on an quote that was mistakenly attributed to Darvin:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

The posting is instructive showing how the initial adaptation of an evolutionary idea into the management realm got optimized over time by being shortened (i.e. made more verbose and up to the point) and then mis-attributed to the greater authority (i.e. to Darvin as semi-divine mythical authority).

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