“We may regretfully add Wallace to the Party’s list of obfuscating revisions. The good news is that the truth is still available for those who want to know.”
All the hyperbole shows the fix is in — Wallace has been made safe for scientism and Darwinian reductionism. The academy can breathe easy.
“The scales on the wings of a moth,” he said quietly, “have no explanation in Evolution. They belong to Beauty, and Beauty is a spiritual mystery.”
No wonder Alfred Russel Wallace called eugenics “the meddlesome interference of an arrogant scientific priestcraft.”
Despite the notoriety of Wallace in his own day, he remains a comparatively obscure figure in the history of biology.