John Wilkins has a nice post up regarding the deification and demonization of Darwin. With regards the latter, he particularly discusses something I have intended to blog since I heard about it through a Wall Street Journal article – Roy Davies’ book, The Darwin Conspiracy, which repeats the historically inaccurate (and unfortunately perennial) claim that Darwin plagiarized Wallace. Davies is a retired TV producer. Wilkins is an historical philosopher. Jim Lennox – who has replied to Davies’ claim – is a Professor of History and Philosophy of Science. I’m not saying that Davies has to be wrong regarding Darwin, but he is definitely wrong here.