History UsefulNotes / CharlesDarwin

3rd Jan '17 11:29:18 AM MyFinalEdits
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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 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.

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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 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 [[{{Pun}} 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.
27th Nov '16 1:06:55 AM VVK
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* Darwin appears briefly in the original ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld''. The second sequel, ''Darwin's Watch'', centers around a conspiracy to hold back the progress of science on "Roundworld" by introducing Darwin to Discworld's God of Evolution, leading him to write a book about intelligently guided evolution instead. ''Theology of Species'' is embraced without controversy by theologians and scientists alike and leads to humanity getting stuck on a theological--scientific view for a long time.

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* Darwin appears briefly has a small cameo in the original ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld''. The second sequel, ''Darwin's Watch'', centers around a conspiracy to hold back the progress of science on "Roundworld" by introducing Darwin to Discworld's God of Evolution, leading him to write a book about intelligently guided evolution instead. ''Theology of Species'' is embraced without controversy by theologians and scientists alike and leads to humanity getting stuck on a theological--scientific view for a long time.
27th Nov '16 1:06:24 AM VVK
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It is held by certain (ill-informed) persons that he recanted his theory on his death bed, in the presence of a woman named Lady Hope. This is wrong on two distinct levels: strictly on a factual basis, the woman calling herself "Lady Hope" was not present during his last illness, or indeed ''any'' of his illnesses, according to the testimony of Darwin's daughter. Secondly, even if Darwin ''did'' recant (which he showed no sign of doing) to Lady Hope (who he may never have actually met), Science strives to operate on evidence rather than personal opinion; The evidence gathered in the century and a half since ''Origin Of Species'' has so far failed to produce any indication that the basic premises of Darwin's theory are wrong.

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It is held by certain (ill-informed) persons that he recanted his theory on his death bed, in the presence of a woman named Lady Hope. This is wrong on two distinct levels: strictly on a factual basis, the woman calling herself "Lady Hope" was not present during his last illness, or indeed ''any'' of his illnesses, according to the testimony of Darwin's daughter. Secondly, even if Darwin ''did'' recant (which he showed no sign of doing) to Lady Hope (who he may never have actually met), Science science strives to operate on evidence rather than personal opinion; opinion. The evidence gathered in the century and a half since ''Origin Of Species'' has so far failed to produce any indication that the basic premises of Darwin's theory are wrong.
27th Nov '16 1:05:01 AM VVK
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* Darwin appears briefly in the original ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld''. The second sequel, ''Darwin's Watch'', centers around a conspiracy to hold back the progress of science on "Roundworld" by introducing Darwin to Discworld's God of Evolution, leading him to write a book about intelligently guided evolution instead. ''Theology of Species'' is embraced without controversy by theologians and scientists alike and leading to humanity getting stuck on a theological--scientific view for a long time.

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* Darwin appears briefly in the original ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld''. The second sequel, ''Darwin's Watch'', centers around a conspiracy to hold back the progress of science on "Roundworld" by introducing Darwin to Discworld's God of Evolution, leading him to write a book about intelligently guided evolution instead. ''Theology of Species'' is embraced without controversy by theologians and scientists alike and leading leads to humanity getting stuck on a theological--scientific view for a long time.
27th Nov '16 1:02:04 AM VVK
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* Darwin appears briefly in the original ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld''. The second sequel, ''Darwin's Watch'', centers around a conspiracy to hold back the progress of science on "Roundworld" by introducing Darwin to Discworld's God of Evolution, leading him to write a book about intelligently guided evolution instead -- embraced without controversy by theologians and scientists alike and leading to humanity getting stuck on a theological--scientific view for a long time.

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* Darwin appears briefly in the original ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld''. The second sequel, ''Darwin's Watch'', centers around a conspiracy to hold back the progress of science on "Roundworld" by introducing Darwin to Discworld's God of Evolution, leading him to write a book about intelligently guided evolution instead -- instead. ''Theology of Species'' is embraced without controversy by theologians and scientists alike and leading to humanity getting stuck on a theological--scientific view for a long time.
27th Nov '16 1:00:10 AM VVK
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* Darwin appears briefly in the original ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld''. The second sequel, ''Darwin's Watch'', centers around a conspiracy to hold back the progress of science on "Roundworld" by introducing Darwin to Discworld's God of Evolution, leading him to write a book about intelligently guided evolution instead -- embraced by theologians and scientists alike and leading to humanity getting stuck on a theological--scientific view for a long time.

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* Darwin appears briefly in the original ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld''. The second sequel, ''Darwin's Watch'', centers around a conspiracy to hold back the progress of science on "Roundworld" by introducing Darwin to Discworld's God of Evolution, leading him to write a book about intelligently guided evolution instead -- embraced without controversy by theologians and scientists alike and leading to humanity getting stuck on a theological--scientific view for a long time.
27th Nov '16 12:58:57 AM VVK
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* Darwin appears briefly in the original ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld''. The second sequel, ''Darwin's Watch'', centers around a conspiracy to hold back the progress of science on "Roundworld" by introducing Darwin to Discworld's God of Evolution, leading him to write a book about intelligently guided evolution instead -- embraced by theologians and scientists alike and leading to humanity getting stuck on a theological--scientific view for a long time.
17th Nov '16 4:20:19 PM anza_sb
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* Darwin squares off against [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]] in Season 5 of ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory''.
12th Jul '16 5:37:45 PM nombretomado
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His ideas did ''not'' inspire either the Soviet Union or the Nazis. Well, they did and they didn't. On the one hand, the Nazis [[BannedInChina banned his work]] (''On The Origin Of Species'' was one of the first books to be burned by them), and the Soviet denounced it as "bourgeois science", instead [[LamarckWasRight promoting a neo-Lamarckian view of evolution]], which hampered their biological research for decades, until they had to abandon it (they also attempted something similar with AlbertEinstein's theories, but thanks in large part to Vladimir Fock, it didn't stick). On the other hand, it is true that the Nazis were seriously influenced by Social Darwinism, particularly German racist Social Darwinism--which, as we've noted already, twisted Darwin's work in a matter that utterly disgusted him. On the other end of the spectrum, Creator/KarlMarx saw a resonance between Darwin's ideas and his own, which saw the impersonal forces of Nature (in Darwin's case)/History (in Marx's case) driving change; Marx moreover pulled that idea over into believing that the proletariat was best fit to the new industrial world, and would therefore be the "champions" of the social "evolutionary race." Friedrich Engels, in his eulogy for Marx, explicitly called Marx the Darwin of the social sciences, for bringing materialism and data into what had previously been a realm of pure speculation. However, Marx misunderstood Darwin only a bit less than the German racists did--had he been a true Darwinist, he would have realized that evolution doesn't have a "goal" or "winners," only survivors, and would've been more circumspect about predicting the future.

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His ideas did ''not'' inspire either the Soviet Union or the Nazis. Well, they did and they didn't. On the one hand, the Nazis [[BannedInChina banned his work]] (''On The Origin Of Species'' was one of the first books to be burned by them), and the Soviet denounced it as "bourgeois science", instead [[LamarckWasRight promoting a neo-Lamarckian view of evolution]], which hampered their biological research for decades, until they had to abandon it (they also attempted something similar with AlbertEinstein's UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein's theories, but thanks in large part to Vladimir Fock, it didn't stick). On the other hand, it is true that the Nazis were seriously influenced by Social Darwinism, particularly German racist Social Darwinism--which, as we've noted already, twisted Darwin's work in a matter that utterly disgusted him. On the other end of the spectrum, Creator/KarlMarx saw a resonance between Darwin's ideas and his own, which saw the impersonal forces of Nature (in Darwin's case)/History (in Marx's case) driving change; Marx moreover pulled that idea over into believing that the proletariat was best fit to the new industrial world, and would therefore be the "champions" of the social "evolutionary race." Friedrich Engels, in his eulogy for Marx, explicitly called Marx the Darwin of the social sciences, for bringing materialism and data into what had previously been a realm of pure speculation. However, Marx misunderstood Darwin only a bit less than the German racists did--had he been a true Darwinist, he would have realized that evolution doesn't have a "goal" or "winners," only survivors, and would've been more circumspect about predicting the future.
4th Jun '16 8:40:37 AM eroock
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->''Everything we know about life, Darwin essentially explained.''

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->''Everything ->''"Everything we know about life, Darwin essentially explained.''"''
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