Darwin had already won his man over — reading the book was almost superfluous. Of course Darwin was delighted by Kingsley’s fawning support.
It is almost a mantra among Darwin’s most devoted followers: Intelligent Design is a “science stopper.”
When Barzun received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama, if not physically present at least a good many of us were there in high spirit and hearty assent.
In a post on July 7th I suggested that Darwinian evolution was a “scientific pip-squeak and a suit of cultural armor”. Here I would like to examine exactly how that cultural armor was historically constructed. In so doing we will see the stuff of which Darwinism is truly made.
It’s through the general captivation of a wide ranging intelligentsia that Darwinism has become dressed in a kind of suit of cultural armor.