History UsefulNotes / CharlesDarwin

4th Jun '16 8:40:37 AM eroock
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->''Everything we know about life, Darwin essentially explained.''

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24th Mar '16 9:22:27 AM DoctorCooper
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[[KissingCousins He and Emma were first cousins]] - Darwin felt guilty about this because he believed it might have led to their children being weak, one daughter dying tragically of illness while very young. He is usually seen in fiction as an old man with a BadassBeard, but he wasn't always like that. The picture at the top of the page shows he was a bit of MrFanservice in his younger days (think NerdsAreSexy). Darwin was also an expert in pigeon breeding, orchids, earthworms and (of all things) [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking sea barnacles]][[note]]The compartmentalisation of sexual function within Barnacles led to Darwin speculating on the evolution of sexual dimorphism, i.e. how Male and Female came to be seperate entities in most forms of life[[/note]].

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[[KissingCousins He and Emma were first cousins]] - Darwin felt guilty about this because he believed it might have led to their children being weak, one daughter dying tragically of illness while very young. He is usually seen in fiction as an old man with a BadassBeard, but he wasn't always like that. The picture at the top of the page shows he was a bit of MrFanservice rather cute in his younger days (think NerdsAreSexy).days. Darwin was also an expert in pigeon breeding, orchids, earthworms and (of all things) [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking sea barnacles]][[note]]The compartmentalisation of sexual function within Barnacles led to Darwin speculating on the evolution of sexual dimorphism, i.e. how Male and Female came to be seperate entities in most forms of life[[/note]].



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30th Nov '15 9:36:25 AM FF32
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The book was an instant bestseller, and [[SeriousBusiness debates over God, creation, science, ethics, the place of man, the meaning in life and other such philosophical concepts began almost immediately, continuing to this day.]] Darwin never actively joined in with the debate, leaving the fighting to his more pugnacious friends; T.H. Huxley was dubbed "Darwin's Bulldog" for his staunch defence of the theory, leading eventually to RichardDawkins being dubbed "Darwin's Rottweiler" by some. Interestingly, the ''initial'' controversy over the theory had little to do with religion directly, and focused more on the revelation by Darwin that the green and pleasant scenes so familiar to the English country gentleman of the time were, in fact, vast battlefields where species and individuals were locked into an unending cycle of conflict; if this seems surprising to you, consider that the issue of the evolution of mankind as a species was barely touched on in ''Origin'', that subject being tackled instead by a later volume, ''The Descent of Man'' (Not to be confused with ''{{The Ascent of Man}}'', which [[IncrediblyLamePun evolved]] its title from that work). His name has also been associated with {{Social Darwinism}}, which is the application of his ideas to nations and the human race, notably advocated by his cousin, Sir Francis Galton, as well as Herbert Spencer.

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The book was an instant bestseller, and [[SeriousBusiness debates over God, creation, science, ethics, the place of man, the meaning in life and other such philosophical concepts began almost immediately, continuing to this day.]] Darwin never actively joined in with the debate, leaving the fighting to his more pugnacious friends; T.H. Huxley was dubbed "Darwin's Bulldog" for his staunch defence of the theory, leading eventually to RichardDawkins UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins being dubbed "Darwin's Rottweiler" by some. Interestingly, the ''initial'' controversy over the theory had little to do with religion directly, and focused more on the revelation by Darwin that the green and pleasant scenes so familiar to the English country gentleman of the time were, in fact, vast battlefields where species and individuals were locked into an unending cycle of conflict; if this seems surprising to you, consider that the issue of the evolution of mankind as a species was barely touched on in ''Origin'', that subject being tackled instead by a later volume, ''The Descent of Man'' (Not to be confused with ''{{The Ascent of Man}}'', which [[IncrediblyLamePun evolved]] its title from that work). His name has also been associated with {{Social Darwinism}}, which is the application of his ideas to nations and the human race, notably advocated by his cousin, Sir Francis Galton, as well as Herbert Spencer.
2nd Nov '15 10:12:48 PM rmctagg09
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* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'' has him show up as an ally of the Frye twins.
2nd Jul '15 11:55:47 PM phoenix
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!!Darwin provides examples of:
* [[AdventurerArchaeologist Adventurer Naturalist]] / BoldExplorer: In his earlier years, when he set off on the ''HMS Beagle'' expedition to explore the geology and species of South America and the Galapagos Islands. Given how relatively unexplored many of the regions he visited still were, it certainly took quite a bit of guts to travel them and conduct field research.
* AfraidOfBlood: He had a phobia of blood, which was part of the reason he dropped out of medical school (he didn't really want to be there in the first place but [[WellDoneSonGuy only was because his father wanted him to become a doctor like he was]]).
* AssPull: As Darwin did not know about genetics (Mendel's work was extremely obscure at that point), he presented an extremely half-baked, and obviously wrong, hypothesis about the blending of traits from the two parents. He basically followed this with a brief spiel about everything wrong with this idea and asking someone to do something better.
* BadassBeard: When he was older.
* BadassGrandpa: If science is badass[[note]] - and who dares say that it is not? [[/note]], Sir Charles had one in Dr. Erasmus Darwin, Britain's most-renowned physician of the 18th century, and a brilliant scientist and poet in his own right, and a member of the Lunar Society (which met on the nights of the full moon so that its members could travel to the meetings in relative safety) which boasted such luminaries as James Watt (developer of Steam Engines and the reason why the unit of Power is called a Watt) and Joseph Priestley (generally credited with the discovery of Oxygen). Had he not also been a [[LamarckWasRight proto-Lamarckian]], Erasmus would have scooped his grandson's theory by a hundred years.
* BrilliantButLazy: His childhood, but he grew out of that.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Liked to play backgammon with his wife Emma in the evenings.
* DeathbedConfession: Averted, despite the lies spread by one Lady Hope. What makes her story even more ludicrous was how she said that Darwin first saw the light when he read through the New Testament on his deathbed. Darwin trained to be a clergyman, which diminishes the likelihood of this final reading revealing something new to him.
* ExoticEntree: Darwin was the founding member of the Glutton Club at university, where he and his fellow Cantabrigians feasted upon animals like hawks (tastes terrible), owls (stringy), and armadillos (surprisingly delicious).
** This may also be {{Irony}} as he had famously bad digestion in later life, among other chronic (likely stress-related) health problems.
* GentlemanAndAScholar: You bet. And a NiceGuy to boot.
* HeAlsoDid: You can be forgiven for not having heard of his other book ''The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms.'' At the time, though, it sold more copies than ''On the Origin of Species.''
* {{Irony}}: He was training to be a clergyman before embarking on the voyage that would ultimately lead to his being attacked by the church. He notes the irony in his autobiography.
* TheKlutz: Except not really, but there was this funny story in ''Voyage of the Beagle'' about the time he accidentally lassoed his own horse, while he was still sitting on it. After his Gaúcho guides have finally stopped laughing, they told him that none of them knew doing something like this was possible.
** Tripped it up with his own bolas, actually. Fortunately, no harm done (except to his pride). Considering that bolas are a set of fist-sized rocks on cords that you whirl around your head and throw at animals likes rheas to tangle their legs, he could just as easily killed himself.
* QuoteMine: A frequent victim of this, to the point that TheOtherWiki has a list of [[http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Notable_Charles_Darwin_misquotes notable misquotes.]]
* [[ReclusiveArtist Reclusive Scientist]]: In his later years at Down House, he installed a mirror in his garden so that he can see when people were coming up the road and retire unnoticed.
* ScienceMarchesOn: [[WhatWeNowKnowToBeTrue While we now know the basic idea behind evolution is correct]], it was decades before it could be supported with the study of genetics. The so-called "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_eclipse_of_Darwinism Eclipse of Darwinism]]" was the period between the publishing of ''On the Origin of Species'' and the first few decades of the 20th century, where evolution was accepted but not natural selection; it had died away by the 1940s.
* WellDoneSonGuy: His father didn't approve at all of his interest in biology and tried to talk him out of joining the HMS Beagle voygage, and straight-up told him he was a disappointment when he was a teenager. Although he did change his mind later and financially supported Darwin so that he can work as an independent gentleman-scientist.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Armchair scientists have often expressed regret at the fact that Darwin was never shown Mendel's work on genetics. But considering it took a good 30 years before geneticists and evolutionists managed to weld the two subjects together (neo-darwinian synthesis), most are not sure he could have done much on his own.
** Also rates as a MissedHimByThatMuch, as a copy of Mendel's manuscript was included in one of the scientific journals found in Darwin's study after his death. The pages were uncut, indicating Darwin had never gotten around to reading it.
*** Although it may be an aversion, as the manuscript was reportedly in German, a language Darwin read poorly.
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13th May '15 12:41:36 PM LordGro
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The 2009 film ''Film/{{Creation}}'' is a dramatisation of part of his life, with Creator/PaulBettany as a younger Darwin.

The 2009 TV documentary series ''Jimmy Doherty in Darwin's Garden'' offers a detailed look on how Darwin conducted his evolution-related practical research [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in his garden]] and in the English countryside. Most of Darwin's experiments in botany, genetics, geology and zoology are recreated within each episode.

He ended at #4 in ''Series/OneHundredGreatestBritons''.


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!! Appearances in media:

* The 2009 film ''Film/{{Creation}}'' is a dramatisation of part of his life, with Creator/PaulBettany as a younger Darwin.
* The 2009 TV documentary series ''Jimmy Doherty in Darwin's Garden'' offers a detailed look on how Darwin conducted his evolution-related practical research in his garden and in the English countryside. Most of Darwin's experiments in botany, genetics, geology and zoology are recreated within each episode.
* Darwin was voted the #4 "Greatest Briton" on ''Series/OneHundredGreatestBritons''.

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11th May '15 4:30:44 AM Patachou
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He ended at #4 in ''Series/OneHundredGreatestBritons''.
4th Apr '15 5:33:02 PM Morgenthaler
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17th Mar '15 9:17:06 PM DoctorCooper
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* BrokenBase: There are some religious sects (not just Christian, but mainly) that have no problem with the idea of evolution, and some that refuse to even entertain that it might be true. Then there are some that accept it may be true, but [[AWizardDidIt God did it]]. The debate over it [[SeriousBusiness is not likely to end any time soon.]]



* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Some people were turned off of the idea that nature is just a constant struggle between competing species (or members of a species) for survival and reproduction.



* VindicatedByHistory: His theory garnered a lot of criticism at the time and there were fierce debates even in scientific circles, but today the question is settled, at least in the academic world.
4th Mar '15 10:14:57 AM BrendanRizzo
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* BadassGrandpa: If science is badass[[note]] - and who dares say that it is not? [[/note]], Sir Charles had one in Dr. Erasmus Darwin, Britain's most-renowned physician of the 18th century, and a brilliant scientist and poet in his own right, and a member of the Lunar Society (which met on the nights of the full moon so that its members could travel to the meetings in relative safety) which boasted such luminaries as James Watt (developer of Steam Engines and the reason why the unit of Power is called a Watt) and Joseph Priestley (generally credited with the discovery of Oxygen). Had he not also been a [[LamarckWasRight Lamarckian]], Erasmus would have scooped his grandson's theory by a hundred years.

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* BadassGrandpa: If science is badass[[note]] - and who dares say that it is not? [[/note]], Sir Charles had one in Dr. Erasmus Darwin, Britain's most-renowned physician of the 18th century, and a brilliant scientist and poet in his own right, and a member of the Lunar Society (which met on the nights of the full moon so that its members could travel to the meetings in relative safety) which boasted such luminaries as James Watt (developer of Steam Engines and the reason why the unit of Power is called a Watt) and Joseph Priestley (generally credited with the discovery of Oxygen). Had he not also been a [[LamarckWasRight Lamarckian]], proto-Lamarckian]], Erasmus would have scooped his grandson's theory by a hundred years.



* DeathbedConfession: Averted, despite the lies spread by one Lady Hope. What makes her story even more ludicrous was how she said that Darwin first saw the light when he read through the New Testament on his deathbed. Darwin trained to be a clergymen, which diminishes the likelihood of this final reading revealing something new to him.

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* DeathbedConfession: Averted, despite the lies spread by one Lady Hope. What makes her story even more ludicrous was how she said that Darwin first saw the light when he read through the New Testament on his deathbed. Darwin trained to be a clergymen, clergyman, which diminishes the likelihood of this final reading revealing something new to him.
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