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Darwin coined "Selective Breeding" Myth

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Mike Sutton
Mike Sutton
Dr Mike Sutton is the author of 'Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret'.

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Sutton's Mythbusting Protest. Wikipedia Myth Number 24. The Selective Breeding Myth

Nov. 25, 2013 3:36 pm
Categories: CounterknowledgeDysology
Here on Best Thinking, everyday throughout November, I am publishing a newly busted myth, or newly discovered fallacy, which is currently being disseminated by the on-line encyclopedia known as Wikipedia.
I am highlighting Wikipedia’s unreliability and dreadful quality of information in protest against its deliberate policy of facilitating and refusing to halt engaging in stealth plagiarism of information from the unique work of expert authors.
At the time of writing, Wikipedia’s senior editors refuse to cite Best Thinking as a reliable source, yet Wikipedia regularly plagiarizes the original content on this site to pass-off my unique myth busting discoveries as though they are discoveries made by its own replicators who refer to themselves collectively as ‘Wikipedians’. Wikipedia passively sanctions this self-serving fraudulent behavior in order to conceal its unreliability and pervasive myth-mongering. (Click here: for the full story).

Myth as mongered by Wikipedia on 25th November 2013   

Charles Darwin [1859 origin of species p.107 ] coined the term 'selective breeding'; he was interested in the process as an illustration of his proposed wider process of natural selection.


The term ‘selective breeding’ was not coined by Darwin. It never occurs in any of his published or unpublished writing pre-1864. In reality Darwin’s friend Thomas Huxley (AKA Darwin’s Bulldog) coined the term in 1863:   

How to reference this discovery


  1. Dear Mike,

    Selctive breeding is an ancient expression. Try search in Google books before 1850 and you will find several cases befor Huxley.

  2. That may be so Emilio, but to date none (I think) have been found. I think we now agree this is true, following our further communications on Twitter: