Yesterday, we noted plans for a Disney take on the early adult life of Charles Darwin, patterned on the exploits of a fictionalized Indiana Jones-type of figure. That is absurd, of course. Comparing Darwin to Indiana Jones has about all the believability of turning Clark Griswold into Ferdinand Magellan.
Alfred Russel Wallace, on the other hand, makes a quite plausible candidate for such heroic treatment. We’ve already recommended Michael Flannery’s two books on the co-discoverer of evolutionary theory — see too the material catalogued at AlfredWallace.org. But for Wallace on video, in the authentic historical role of the “Victorian Indiana Jones,” see the short documentary from Discovery Institute, Darwin’s Heretic: Did the Co-Founder of Evolution Embrace Intelligent Design?