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Another gem from Olivia Judson

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Caricature of Charles Darwin as a quadrupedal ...Image via Wikipedia

She writes so beautifully and draws out so many neat ideas about biology and human nature. In her latest she considers reasons why biologists should read Darwin’s magnificent opus “The Origin of the Species”. She ends her essay with an excerpt that strikes me as so wise and evocative:

Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object of which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed 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.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/07/09 at 05:44

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