When Darwinian Evolution Became Obsolete

Alfred Russel Wallace, Anthropological Society, archaeal cells, Carl Woese, Charles Darwin, Dreams of Earth and Sky, eukaryotic cells, Evolution, Freeman Dyson, Jerry Coyne, Linnean Society, natural selection, Origin of Species, prokaryotic cells, Reductionism, Richard Dawkins, Richard Owen, scientistic positivism, “selfish gene”
The theory of evolution by natural selection was unveiled to a poorly attended and generally inattentive audience at a Linnean Society meeting. Source
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Some Additional Comments on Social Darwinism

Adrian Desmond, Alfred Russel Wallace, Applied Eugenics, Culture & Ethics, Current Anthropology, Darwin Industry, Darwinian evolution, Derek Freeman, Evolution, Herbert Spencer, James Moore, Jeffrey O’Connell, John C. Greene, Marvin Harris, Michael Ruse, natural selection, Origin of Species, Richard Weikart, Robert Richards, Social Darwinism
O’Connell and Ruse’s failure to engage deeply and fully with the historiography of this question makes it hard to take their effort seriously. Source
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Charles Darwin in Light of Black History Month

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Was Darwin’s racism purely a function of his time and place, Victorian England? Historian Michael Flannery says no. Source
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When Scientists Make Truth Claims Outside Science

Alexander Oparin, Alfred Russel Wallace, Baden Powell, Carl Sagan, Charles Darwin, clockmaker, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, creator, David Hume, Erasmus Darwin, Evolution, evolutionists, Francisco Ayala, Gottfried Leibniz, Immanuel Kant, Isaac Newton, John Ray, Joseph Le Conte, Kenneth Miller, mosquitos, religion, Robert Chambers, scientists, Stephen Jay Gould, theology, Thomas Burnet, universe
Here is a small, representative sampling of such claims over the past three centuries. These claims are not from science, but they drive science. Source
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For Labor Day Weekend: Alfred Russel Wallace, Scientist and Working Man

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Take a moment to consider the impact of labor on the development of evolutionary theory. Source
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James Dwight Dana: Falsely Claimed Darwinist

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When it comes to claims of the “nearly unanimous” acceptance of Darwinian evolution, mere assertion cannot stand as fact. Source
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Mystery of Life’s Origin — Intelligent Design’s Original Edition, Greatly Expanded, on Sale Now!

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Editor’s note: We are delighted today to offer a new book from Discovery Institute Press, The Mystery of Life’s Origin: The Continuing Controversy, a greatly expanded and updated version of the book that, in 1984, launched the intelligent design movement. The following is excerpted from Discovery Institute Senior Fellow David Klinghoffer’s historical introduction to the work. Other brand new chapters on the “continuing controversy” about the origin of life are by chemist James Tour, physicist Brian Miller, astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, biologist Jonathan Wells, and philosopher of science Stephen C. Meyer. How does life emerge from that which is not alive? This mystery exercises a peculiar fascination, with the power to elicit remarkable feats of imagination. As the novelist Mary Shelley recalled, her invention of the story of Frankenstein traced back…
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Himmelfarb and Her Haters

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Editor’s note: Historian and Darwin skeptic Gertrude Himmelfarb died on Monday, December 30, 2019. While mourning the passing of this great scholar, we are pleased to republish Professor Flannery’s 2009 essay, below. See also Flannery’s tribute, ‘Farewell to Gertrude Himmelfarb, Brutally Honest Historian of the “Darwinian Revolution.’” “If you have no enemies, it is a sign fortune has forgot you.” — Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732  Noted physician Thomas Fuller was an expert on “eruptive fevers,” and so it seems fitting to open this essay with his wry but telling observation on enemies in public life, for perhaps no contemporary historian has spawned more “eruptive fever” over an analysis of the reigning secular creation myth demigod, Charles Darwin, than has the present subject of this essay. If Fuller is any judge,…
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