The Origin Of Species

The great Charles Darwin's classic.

It is good to read, especially given that nineteenth century scholarship is not renowned for the quality of writing involved. CD too can be a bit convoluted from time to time, but in the main he writes simply, clearly and to the point.

For any of you out there who have a simplistic pulpit driven hatred of the man and his work, let me tell you he lived and died a christian. However, unlike modern creationists, he was always able to decouple his religious beliefs from his scientific calling. He stuck rigidly to the evidence. He was also on a mission: the search for truth. And, also unlike the intelligent design and creationist writers who have to work hard to make their stories match any kind of unusual reality and odd versions of truth, he was quick to stand back from anything that did not fit with the real data of the living and fossil world.

My paperback edition is something like the 13th edition, so it's published about 1870, some 11 years after the original. Hence the book contains many sections concerned with Replies to My Critics. For he had many of them. But in typical Darwinian style, he deals with all objections to his ideas with lucid logical presentation of evidence and argument.

It is a wonderful read. A truly great scientific tome, well worth investigation.
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Dec 12, 2011