If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Friday, August 8, 2014

I need to buy this, the book that changed the world: Folio Society: On the Origin of Species

http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/invt/cmcn423980/

No book has revolutionised our view of life on earth more than Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. This beautifully presented edition is a pleasure to own and includes an introduction by Richard Keynes, Darwin's great-grandson. 

When first published in 1859, its central theory - that the natural order was a gradual process of evolution - met with fierce opposition. How dare any man challenge the concept of divine creation? But the first edition sold out within a day (it has remained in print ever since), its author was declared the most dangerous man in England, and a new era in human thought had begun. 

The seeds of Darwin's explosive ideas had planted themselves in his mind when, as a young scientist on a five-year voyage of exploration on board HMS Beagle, he tramped around the tropical forests of Brazil, made sketches of the fossil-packed strata of Patagonia, experienced the geological drama of the Andes, and encountered the extraordinary animal life of the Galapagos Islands. But, on his return, a fear of the probable impact of his discoveries also took root. Darwin was himself a deeply religious man and, unsurprisingly perhaps, spent twenty years in rigorous intellectual enquiry, exhaustive experiments and soul-searching before, finally, an anxiety that someone else would get there first spurred him to go public.

In its essence, On the Origin of Species is the story of life and the survival of the fittest. That it remains one of the most dazzling and influential books ever written is a testament to the immense energy and startling simplicity with which Darwin makes his revelations.

A unique and timeless treasure.

"One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die." - Charles Darwin 

The Folio Society

The Folio Society is a London-based publisher of fine books, designed to be collected and treasured for years to come.

Details

Introduced by Richard Keynes.
Bound in buckram, printed and blocked with a design by David Eccles.
Set in Baskerville. 
Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour plates.

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