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Two questions on Darwin(ism)

October 13, 2009

Recently historian Everett Mendelsohn talked about the “World Before Darwin” (see here or here) as part of the Darwin150 celebrations. As part of ASU’s “Ask A Biologist” program, I got to answer two questions that remained unanswered after Mendelsohn’s talk, namely

  • If Darwin had never written Origin of Species, would we today be celebrating Wallace-ism?
  • How did Darwin interrelate w/ discussions of Eugenics in those days. Did he develop a stance (personal conviction) on eugenics?

Look here for answers to those – and other – questions.

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  1. DLC
    October 14, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    If Darwin had not written his book, someone else would have done shortly thereafter. He was not the only thinker investigating the subject.

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