Wedgwood’s theory of evolutionMay 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Posted in creationism, evolution, I'm just saying, intelligent design, What if? | 6 Comments
Tags: Charles Darwin, Darwinism, Evolution, HMS Beagle, Irving Stone, Josiah Wedgwood
I’ve been reading The Origin, published in 1980, by Irving Stone. This is an ostensibly well researched account of Charles Darwin’s voyage on The H.M.S. Beagle and some background about Darwin’s family and the events that led him to being invited to sail around the world.
I’m only about one hundred and fifty pages in, it’s not exactly a page turner; he hasn’t even gotten on the damn boat yet. Stone’s thorough research includes a little too much information for my tastes. For example, he describes the facial features, down to the thickness of lips, the length of nose, the color of eyes and how they are set into the head, complexion, hair color, texture, style, etc. of every person with whom Darwin has any sort of interaction. It’s been somewhat of a snooze fest so far, and I’m finding I dislike Darwin’s family as they are a bit on the stuffy side.
Darwin’s family is quite wealthy. His father a well known physician as was his grandfather who was also a famous author. His mother was from the very wealthy Wedgwood family, founders of Wedgwood china.
Charles Darwin had planned to become a member of the clergy and was waiting for a parish to be assigned to him when, at the age of twenty-two, he was invited on what was to be a two year voyage aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. His father denied him permission to go, but after some debate agreed to allow it if he could find someone, deemed by Darwin senior, who was a reasonable person that thought the trip would be a good idea.
Charles appealed to his uncle, Josiah Wedgwood, to intervene on his behalf. Uncle Josiah thought the trip would be a wonderful opportunity for Charles and it was on his advice that Dr. Darwin allowed his son to take that fateful voyage…you know, the one that caused, and is still causing debate about all that evolution nonsense.
So, if it hadn’t been for Josiah Wedgwood there would be no Darwinian theory of evolution. I’m not saying someone else would not have made similar discoveries that led to similar conclusions leading us down the same path. What I am saying is how one small seemingly insignificant thing can have a major impact on the course of things to come.
I’m just saying…
- Great dynasties of the world: The Darwins (guardian.co.uk)
- Rio. Carnaval. Darwin? (scienceblogs.com)
- Darwin’s Archipelago (evolvingcomplexityii.wordpress.com)
- ArtsBeat: End in Sight for Darwin Letters Project Thanks to $8.2 Million in Grants (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
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