A Very Majestic Story
Charles Darwin in the close of the first edition of the Origin of Species (1859) said this Epic had majesty in it. After the controversies generated by his book, the sixth edition included the phrase by the Creator to read: “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
(Webmaster Note: I read this 55 years ago and it had an immense effect on my thinking. Darwin did not say who or what the Creator was. It may have been Yahweh, Allah, the universe itself, or the Goddess Panthea)
Did you know Alfred Russel Wallace wrote his paper On the Law which has Regulated the Introduction of New Species before Darwin did his paper? They jointly published their writings in 1858. Darwin considered Wallace's ideas to be essentially the same as his. There was little immediate attention given to their new theory of evolution.
More quotes from Darwin
I see no good reason why the views given in this volume should shock the religious feelings of anyone.
Great is the power of steady misrepresentation; but the history of science shows that fortunately, this power does not long endure.
It has often and confidently been asserted, that man's origin can never be known: but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
The highest stage in moral culture at which we can arrive is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
The great break in the organic chain between man and his nearest allies, which cannot be bridged over by any extinct or living species, has often been advanced as a grave objection to the belief that man is descended from some lower form; but this objection will not appear of much weight to those who, convinced by general reasons, believe in the general principle of evolution.
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often long endure; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, as every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path towards error is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.
we are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with the truth as far as our reason allows us to discover it.
The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us, and I for one must be content to remain an Agnostic.
Question - is evolution a simple process or a complex one?
PRIMAL ENERGY > ELEMENTRY PARTICLES > ATOMS > STARS & GALAXIES & HEAVY ELEMENTS > PLANETS > CHEMICALS > DNA > UNICELLULAR LIFE > MULTICELLULAR LIFE > PRIMATIVE ANIMALS > MAMMALS > HOMO SAPIENS > TRIBES > CULTURES & RELIGIONS > NATIONS > TECHNOLOGICAL CIVILIZATION > SPACE TRAVEL ?TRANSHUMANS? > ?OMEGA POINT?
It's a slow, simple process for building great complexity
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