Alfred Wallace would come to see in human beings something special, unique in the natural world, far and away qualitatively different from anything else in the animal kingdom.
This was a great place to meet people from all over the world, brightened by the hospitality of the Malaysian people in a city that is easy to love.
The whitewashing of Wallace’s later, more mature view on design in nature is a key point in the Darwin defense strategy.
A strikingly rare and powerful example of real intellectual integrity, his life is not only a historical and scientific lesson but an important personal one.
Given Wallace’s subsequent turn to proto-intelligent design, imagine if thing had been different at the start and Wallace had received all due credit for the theory he and Darwin conceived.