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Nov 27, John added it After p. I will, however, waste words of another import. However did Darwin contrive to take up the issue of the origin of species and sustain the altogether indefatigable labor that he expended over decades to establish a plausible and defensible basis for his views of descent and differentiation of all life forms, even while his views, once widely known, evoked nearly universal rejection, scorn, contempt, and the rabid hostility of his contemporaries?

Hostility that provokes violent confrontations today - nearly years after Darwin first formulated his theory and years after the first edition of The Origin of Species appeared? From what inner resources did he summon this heroic endurance in view of his character and personality - his urgent need for approval, acceptance, adulation, his apparent conventionality, his horror at the prospect of a loss of respectability, loss of standing as an English gentleman?

A torment that left his entire digestive tract in shreds. And they make clear in Sacred Cause how their second set of answers evolved from the first. The fact of this difference, however, merits more detailed consideration, I think, because it raises important questions regarding the possibility of entirely credible biography.

Darwin journaled, of course. He developed his theory in bits and snatches, along with the questions that these rudiments suggested as they occurred to him, and he recorded it all in his notebooks. He did not, however, record his emotional experience of those critical years around , when he committed his first theoretical and explanatory formulations to paper, nor his emotional experience of later years of unremitting labor and terror as he compiled and interpreted mountainous heaps of evidence that he hoped would silence his critics, who were legion.

I doubt, frankly, whether he much cared about or even noticed the emotional toll of his work, except perhaps to decide when he needed and would take another rest cure at a particularly exclusive and fashionable spa. Moreover, Darwin lived before the likes of Barbara Walters were born, so he was never confronted with the annoying questions that interviewers of today ask: What need motivated for this, that or the other?

How do you account for? How did it feel when? How could you? Why did you? Regression theory instructs us that an infinite number of curves will fit a set of discrete and discontinuous data points, i. Once they posited one answer, i. And so they write a second book that posits a revised, and more fully satisfactory explanation - satisfying for the present, at least.

So let us pity the poor, tormented biographer. Their torment, notwithstanding, I, for one, am grateful for biographical narrative of this calibre. To hell with the definitive. After p. In any case, I feeling much less generous and accommodating after pages than I felt after Once again Goodreads will serve as my notebook. And my writing imposes no obligation on anyone to read. What sustained that drive to the end of his life? And why those particular materials?

So I present these violations here.

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Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist

Forum Homeschool Forum Open Forum. His personal life is vividly told including his many chronic illnesses of which I was not fully aware. He was just so thorough. It also lies in its description of the social, political and economical situation in Great Britain during the rhe century, and how it influenced the thinking and the very prudent behavior of Darwin in sleeping on his theory for a couple of decades before publishing it.

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DARWIN THE LIFE OF A TORMENTED EVOLUTIONIST PDF

Nov 27, John added it After p. I will, however, waste words of another import. However did Darwin contrive to take up the issue of the origin of species and sustain the altogether indefatigable labor that he expended over decades to establish a plausible and defensible basis for his views of descent and differentiation of all life forms, even while his views, once widely known, evoked nearly universal rejection, scorn, contempt, and the rabid hostility of his contemporaries? Hostility that provokes violent confrontations today - nearly years after Darwin first formulated his theory and years after the first edition of The Origin of Species appeared? From what inner resources did he summon this heroic endurance in view of his character and personality - his urgent need for approval, acceptance, adulation, his apparent conventionality, his horror at the prospect of a loss of respectability, loss of standing as an English gentleman? A torment that left his entire digestive tract in shreds. And they make clear in Sacred Cause how their second set of answers evolved from the first.

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