Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Darwin's Complete Publications
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The most important book ever written:

On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. London: John Murray. [1st edition]

Evolution deniers (aka creationists because of their childish belief in the magical creation of species) often misunderstand the words "favored races". Here Charles Darwin used the word "races" instead of "species". This book said virtually nothing about the human species which he wrote about in another book much later. In On the Origin of Species he wrote only this about humans: "Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history."

Darwin grew up and lived in an age when slavery was still practised in many countries. Even where slavery had been abolished, many still regarded the different ‘races’ of humans as separate creations; white Europeans were considered the most advanced (by white Europeans). Many people though rejected these views, and Darwin was one of them. His family had a history of liberal thinking, and the young Darwin’s views were, at an early age, quite in line with these.

During his aborted medical training at Edinburgh University, Darwin was tutored in taxidermy (stuffing birds and other animals) by a freed black slave called John Edmonston whom Darwin apparently held in high esteem. When Darwin reached South America on the Beagle Voyage, Darwin’s views on the evil nature of slavery and the unity of different human populations as one species were cemented.

Wikipedia - On the Origin of Species

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