10 thoughts on “On the origin of species

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    such a freakin genius and the sadest part is, that his science literally killed him if you ve read a lot in Darwin as I have you come to understand that as a religious man, his studies seriously conflicted with his beliefs I hate it when I hear someone say that Darwin says, we come from monkeys because that is not the case.his theory is on E...


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    Charles Darwin changed the world when he wrote this book.I mean if you think about it logically, no other book has had such a powerful impact on the way humanity views the earth yes, we have countless religious doctrine, but never before had there been a book that so drastically alternated our perceptions of the mechanisms that are behind our existence I m not talking about on a spiritual level, a level of ideas that cannot be scientifically proven or unproven, but on an actual physical level These ideas weren t accepted overnight, few things are, but over time they began to be and accepted Even today we still refer to Darwin s ideas as the theory of Evolution despite the fact that it is now empirically proven as to how we got where we are It is, generally speaking, a culturally accepted idea The fact that we still refer to something most accept to be fact as a theory is a phenomenon It s unusual Contrary to popular belief, Darwin did not seek to debunk any religious beliefs In fact, the research he carried out put him in constant confusion about his own Christianit...


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    On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life On Natural selection Natural selection, Charles Darwin Natural selection is the differential survival and reproduction of individuals due to differences in phenotype It is a key mechanism of evolution, the change in the heritable traits characteristic of a population over generations Charles Darwin popularised the term Natural selection , contras...


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    Dear Carol,Thank you for your mail, and of course I remember meeting you on the flight last month It was a very interesting discussion and I m still thinking about it The semester has now started here at Creationist U and I am working hard, but I found time to read the book you recommended And I m glad I did, because it was really a lot better than I thought it would be.I guess I was expecting Darwin to be like Richard Dawkins, but he was respectful of religious ideas And it was great that he liked Paley s Natural Theology so much he says he almost knew it by heart We read Paley last year in History of Creation Science, and I also thought it was a terrific book So I could see Darwin was an open minded person who was prepared to look at both sides of the question Richard Dawkins could learn a lot from that The way he sets up his argument is smart He starts off talking about how stockbreeders can improve their breed well, I m a country boy, and I could see he knew his stuff This is someone who s spent time down at the farm and understands how country people feel about livestock And I liked that he d done all that ...


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    98% 2% .


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    Edits for NR because I love him that much This This preservation of favourable variations and the rejection of injurious variations, I call Natural Selection Variations neither useful not injurious would not be affected by natural selection, and would be left a fluctuating element, as perhaps we see in the species called polymorphic We shall best understand the probable course of natural selection by taking the case of a country undergoing some physical change, for instance, of climate The proportional numbers of its inhabitants would almost immediately undergo a change, and some species might become extinct We may conclude, from what we have seen of the intimate and complex manner in which the inhabitants of each country are bound together, that any change in the numerical proportions of some of the inhabitants, independently of the change of climate itself, would most seriously affect many of the others If the country were open on its borders, new forms would certainly immigrate, and this also would seriously disturb the relations of some of the former inhabitants Let it be remembered how powerful the influence of a single introduced tree or mammal has been shown to be But in the case of an island, or of a country partly surrounded by barriers, into which new and better adapted forms could not freely enter, we should then have place...


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    One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species It is amazing to think that this mild, scientific book published a little less than 155 years ago caused and is still causing such a complete storm I m surprised at how adapted we have become or at least the segment of those people on the planet who don t reject Darwin s theory of natural selection as counter to their own idea of the way God makes and shakes to Darwin s revolutionary idea s Like with many of the pantheon of scientific geniuses Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, etc there was a bit of random chance involved The ground was ready for Darwin s adapted seed There were enough scholars and scientists and rationalists around to carry his idea s hither and his th...


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    Ah, you can t really review a book like this It s almost complete transcended its role as a seminal scientific tome and become a legitimate historic artefact You can t review a historic artefact.This is a fantastic read, even viewed in a completely different way to how it would have been read at the time It really is amazing how much evolutionary biology Darwin was able to formulate almost a century before Watson and Crick s disco...


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    If, however, a caterpillar were taken out of a hammock made up, for instance, to the third stage, and were put into one finished up to the sixth stage, so that much of its work was already done for it, far from feeling the benefit of this, it was much embarrassed, and, in order to complete its hammock, seemed forced to start from the third stage On the Origin of Species is one of the most important books ever written Although a lot of people scientists, naturalists and the like were coming to the same kind of conclusions, Darwin was one of the first who wrote it all down in a profound and concise manner and used his influence and friends to make it a well known theory the theory of evolution.There is only one thing you need to know before you read this, and that is that Charles Darwin was a very religious man This is a five star worthy book, but my ignorance of this fact caused me to be so infuriated by the end that I couldn t bring myself to rate it higher It is written exquisitely if you ve read anything particularly science related in this day and ...


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    My book group selected this book for discussion probably because of the historic impact it has had on the field of science However, I found it to be very worthy of respect from a literary viewpoint Charles Darwin s writing comes across as a methodical thinker and patient explainer to many recalcitrant readers who are determined not to believe a word he says He had me convinced after only a couple dozen pages, but he kept doing what seemed to me to be piling on observation after observation, explanation after explanation, until after a while I felt like crying out, Enough already, I believe Frankly, I was impressed by the breadth of knowledge about the natural world already accumulated by the middle of the 19th century as demonstrated by this book There are obvious things poor old Darwin didn t know about, one of them being the laws of genealogy discovered by Gregor Johann Mendel Mendel was a contemporary of Darwin, and I have heard that a published copy of Mendel s study was on Darwin s book shelves but it hadn t been opened or read Of course Darwin wasn t the only person who ignored Mendel Mendel s work wasn t appreciated for its contribution to understanding of inherited traits until after his death Meanwhile Darwin is writing this book giving many observations regarding the variability of crossings of various plants and animals, but doesn t understand why.Also, Darwin was plagued with physicists of the time who calculated that earth couldn t be as old as neede...


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