Darwin

About Darwinism.  ‘It’s true that Darwin couldn’t prove his theory, since, as he put it, the great span of evolutionary time was simply unrecoverable.  But that was okay.  The circumstantial evidence – in the form of fossils, species, distributions, plant and animal structure, embryology – was good.  And, except to the religious fundamentalists of the day, the basic setup felt right, just as the theory that the earth was round had felt right.  What was upsetting were evolution’s vibes: that nature had gone from being a sun-kissed harmony to being a tag-team wrestling match; that there was no such thing as virtue, just more and more adaptation; and that there were greater rewards for being fit than for being good or even for being right.’ – Jones & Wilso

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