History UsefulNotes / CharlesDarwin

26th May '18 8:32:49 AM Chabal2
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** Said God of Evolution was first seen in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', and is a fairly obvious ringer for Darwin himself,along with having a rather inordinate passion for beetles.
5th Apr '18 7:33:09 PM karstovich2
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By 1831, Darwin was all set for a life of peace and obscurity when he received an [[CallToAdventure invitation]] to join a two-year around the world voyage on the HMS ''Beagle'' as the captain's companion (not like [[Series/DoctorWho that]], or ''[[HelloSailor that]]''; at the time, being captain on a small surveying ship like the ''Beagle'' was a lonely job, as they could not fraternize with the enlisted crew, and with few officers aboard, a companion was usually hired to provide a source of intelligent conversation). Captain [=FitzRoy=] was particularly keen to have a companion, since the previous master of the Beagle had [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]]. During the trip, he sent back massive amounts of fossils and specimens, and filled journal after journal with the observations (especially those on the Galapagos Islands) of common traits that would eventually lead to his initial theories. Despite all this, the trip was not that pleasant for Darwin, as he spent most of his time on the water violently seasick, contracted a debilitating disease, and fell out with [=FitzRoy=] on several occasions. Despite their arguments, Darwin and [=FitzRoy=] remained friends for years after the voyage - when [=FitzRoy=] committed suicide, Darwin contributed the equivalent of about £10,000 (in today's money) to assist his wife and orphan daughter. The disease Darwin contracted was possibly [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagas_disease Chagas disease]], as he studied the feeding habits of bloodsucking Asassin Bugs by ''letting them bite him''. Whatever the illness was, it plagued him for the rest of his life.

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By 1831, Darwin was all set for a life of peace and obscurity when he received an [[CallToAdventure invitation]] to join a two-year around the world voyage on the HMS ''Beagle'' as the captain's companion (not companion. No, not like [[Series/DoctorWho that]], or ''[[HelloSailor that]]''; at the time, being captain on a small surveying ship like the ''Beagle'' was a hard lonely job, as they there was an extraordinary amount of work to do and the captain could not fraternize with the enlisted crew, and with crew. With few officers aboard, a companion was usually hired to provide a source of intelligent conversation). Captain [=FitzRoy=] was particularly keen to have a companion, since the previous master of the Beagle had [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]]. suicide]]; [=FitzRoy=] may also have been concerned about the stress of overwork, having seen his half-uncle, the Viscount Castlereagh (Foreign Secretary under UsefulNotes/TheEarlOfLiverpool), commit suicide after cracking under the strain of overwork.

During the trip, he Darwin sent back massive amounts of fossils and specimens, and filled journal after journal with the observations (especially those on the Galapagos Islands) of common traits that would eventually lead to his initial theories. Despite all this, the trip was not that pleasant for Darwin, as he spent most of his time on the water violently seasick, contracted a debilitating disease, and fell out with [=FitzRoy=] on several occasions. Despite their arguments, Darwin and [=FitzRoy=] remained friends for years after the voyage - when [=FitzRoy=] committed suicide, Darwin contributed the equivalent of about £10,000 (in today's money) to assist his wife and orphan daughter. The disease Darwin contracted was possibly [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chagas_disease Chagas disease]], as he studied the feeding habits of bloodsucking Asassin Bugs by ''letting them bite him''. Whatever the illness was, it plagued him for the rest of his life.
31st Oct '17 7:50:47 PM dlchen145
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Charles Darwin (1809-1882) was an English naturalist who first put forward the theory of evolution due to natural selection, stating that the spectrum of differences seen in life on Earth were due to a slow accumulation of change over many generations, selected via environmental pressures. This theory, though it has been significantly fine-tuned since Darwin's day, is the cornerstone of modern biology.

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Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) (12 February 1809 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist who first put forward the theory of evolution due to natural selection, stating that the spectrum of differences seen in life on Earth were due to a slow accumulation of change over many generations, selected via environmental pressures. This theory, though it has been significantly fine-tuned since Darwin's day, is the cornerstone of modern biology.
16th Aug '17 12:01:15 PM DaibhidC
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* Is a significant character in ''The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists'' by Gideon Defoe and the animated film [[WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists of the same name]], in which he's voiced by Creator/DavidTennant.
13th May '17 10:52:11 AM StarSword
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* Music/{{Nightwish}}'s 2015 ConceptAlbum ''Endless Forms Most Beautiful'' was inspired by Darwin's writings.
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.
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