‘What Darwin Said’ is great reading

A post called “What Darwin said – and was he right?” was posted on GNXP.com a while back.  I put it aside but finally got around to reading through it and have to say it is such a great read.  Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in evolutionary ideas.  The author breaks down Darwin’s ideas as judged from all his writings and then on each concept he gives an assessment of how well his ideas have stood up to modern scientific findings.  I really like where he highlights the changes between editions of Darwin’s books, especially Origin of Species.  One interesting example is with regards to the origin of life:

In the first edition of the Origin Darwin referred to a ‘primordial form, into which life was first breathed’. In the second and later editions he added the words ‘by the Creator’. He later regretted ‘truckling to public opinion’ in using such terminology, and said in a letter of 1863 ‘I really meant “appeared” by some wholly unknown process. It is mere rubbish, thinking at present of the origin of life; one might as well think of the origin of matter’ (Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, ed. Francis Darwin, vol.3, p.18)

Lots more good stuff.

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