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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Gram View Post
    Darwin was religious. He lost his faith later in life after one of his children died.
    Yes. He believed all biblical stories and had complete faith in god upon boarding the beagle

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    yep Ana - he was going to be a clergyman at one stage...

    I do think it was a gradual process (losing his religion) for him, but the loss of his child impacted greatly.

    He was believer in a 'God that set the wheels in motion' type of guy for a while though [apparently, never met the man obviously ]

    I wanna go and watch my David Attenborough DVD again now - wish it wasn't so late...hmmm..public holiday tomorrow you say?

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    Oh I love that you have given your son that middle name Witwicky!!

    -- I went to a work meeting tonight, looked up in time to see a street named 'Darwin' -- it must've been 'a sign'






    "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life."

    ..no I haven't read t - it's on my to do list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post

    Has anyone else read On the Origin of Species? (The Origin of Species - depending which copy).
    My copy is on storage

    But I sleep with my Charles Darwin doll every night DD calls him my boyfriend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    Has anyone else read On the Origin of Species? (The Origin of Species - depending which copy).
    Yep, got it on my Kindle earlier this year for free. To be honest, I found the Victorian prose a bit of battle, but glad I read it all the same. It was a monumental achievement for its (or any) time - as Dan Dennett said, his book is the distillation of what was quite possibly the greatest idea ever to occur to anyone (or words to that effect).

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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveInTheBed View Post
    Oh I love that you have given your son that middle name Witwicky!!

    -- I went to a work meeting tonight, looked up in time to see a street named 'Darwin' -- it must've been a sign






    "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life."

    ..no I haven't read t - it's on my to do list.
    Hehe there is a Darwin street near where I live, I smile whenever I see it (now i'm sounding obsessed ).

    Let me know when you read it, I would love to have someone else to discuss it with It took me a while to read. It can be quite tedious at times, but overall a wonderful and very interesting read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Gram View Post
    My copy is on storage

    But I sleep with my Charles Darwin doll every night DD calls him my boyfriend.
    Darwin doll - that's awesome.

    Northerly - I agree regarding the prose. Obviously it was written in the 1800's and language was so vastly different. I struggled with parts but at the same time I just loved it so much that I pushed through

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    Northerly - I agree regarding the prose. Obviously it was written in the 1800's and language was so vastly different. I struggled with parts but at the same time I just loved it so much that I pushed through
    Yep. I love the last paragraph, probably the most poetic non-fiction ending I've ever read. Btw, have you read 'Why Evolution Is True' by Jerry Coyne? It came out a couple of years ago and is by far the best, most accessible book I've read on the evidence for evolution (it surpasses Dawkins's Greatest Show On Earth in my opinion)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northerly View Post
    Yep. I love the last paragraph, probably the most poetic non-fiction ending I've ever read. Btw, have you read 'Why Evolution Is True' by Jerry Coyne? It came out a couple of years ago and is by far the best, most accessible book I've read on the evidence for evolution (it surpasses Dawkins's Greatest Show On Earth in my opinion)
    just returned to my seat from going to double check the name of the Author!

    Yes - I am reading this at the moment... I think you recommended it in a previous thread Northerly?
    Thanks!

    Fishpond had it fairly cheap

    If I find a copy of 'The Origin..' I want to be OLD, vintage style (probably not so cheap)


 

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