Darwin’s position as a child of privilege and his naturalistic worldview both in their different ways shaped his approach to the study of nature.
Let’s say you find yourself in a friendly argument on Darwin v. Design with a new acquaintance who’s in desperate need of enlightenment.
Suppose we said that by studying a Rembrandt painting’s microstructure, we could learn ways to improve surgery or firefighting. Would you believe it?
Defending either theory, Darwin or Design, means you have to argue for your explanation and against others.
An email correspondent writes to us noting his recent experience attending “Darwin on the Palouse” out at Washington State University.