Dr Alex Ritchie, palaeontologist, will speak on:
Whither Darwin in the 21st Century?
Darwin (b. 12 Feb 1809) whose promulgation of the Theory of Evolution,
or descent with modification through natural selection, has had a
profound an effect on how we view and understand the natural world as
any other scientific theory ever proposed.
Some key points from the article: Darwin introduced historicity into science (chemistry and physics
do not have this character); he rejected all supernatural explanations; he refuted typology or
essentialism -which says living things are invariant and stable, they are not; variation characterises
living things, refutation of typology amounts to refutation of racism amongst other things...
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