This is old news, but hundreds of yearly posts on Twitter suggest not everyone on the planet got the memo, so I want to make another post about this quote:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
Not only did Darwin not say that, he would never have had said that — it’s worded in a redundant, silly, illogical way. The sentences are actually from Leon Megginson (details), a professor of marketing at Louisiana State University who died in 2010.
Above is a photograph I took of the quote on the floor of the Academy of Natural Sciences in San Francisco. I photographed it because I was shocked Darwin would say something so stupid. (I told them, too, but they have only removed the attribution, not the quote, apparently. It’s etched in stone, as it were.)
I also wrote to the company that makes the Evolving Darwin Play Set (they never responded). Oh, well, just trying to do my part.
If you need a mindless quote for Twitter, try this, instead:
“It is not the strongest of the sentences that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that sounds most like Darwin.”
And if you need slides, here are three with the quote, properly attributed.