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Darwin: Portrait of a Genius

Acclaimed historian and biographer Paul Johnson turns his keen eye on Charles Darwin, the towering figure whose work continues to spur scientific debate. With his publication of On the Origin of Species, Darwin forever changed our concept of the world. While Johnson praises Darwin’s extraordinary skills as a natural scientist and his monumental achievements, he does not sidestep Darwin’s tragic failures Read More ›

Darwin’s Sacred Cause Offers Little New and Nothing of Importance

So what, in the end, can be said for Darwin's Sacred Cause? To Desmond and Moore's credit, they do a fine job of explaining how Darwin ended, pretty much once and for all, the old monogenist/polygenist controversy over human origins. But, as mentioned earlier, this was already known. Their critical thesis, namely, that Darwin's anti-slavery views were integral to the development of his evolutionary theory remains questionable, but perhaps more significantly, irrelevant.

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