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  • Self-control over the factors responsible for selection, especially with respect to cultural evolution.

    In general, he [Charles Darwin] regarded the environment, whether organic or inorganic, as the principal eliminator of the unfit, although he assigned a certain role to the organism itself as selector and eliminator, especially in sexual selection, while in mental, moral and social evolution this auto-selection played even a larger part in his philosophy. 

    Conklin, E.G. (1937). Science and ethics. Science 86, 595-603: 596.