Scientific revolutions are often marked by disputes over the “standard that distinguishes a real scientific solution from a mere metaphysical speculation.”
As a plethora of books, articles, and TV programs have recently intoned, our almost complete ignorance of the nature of ultimate reality has been laid bare.
Consideration of Erasmus Darwin’s writings suggests that his unbelief could well have been father to the thought in the matter of his evolutionary speculations.
It is my privilege and honor to recommend this fascinating autobiography — which is also perhaps the least I can do to repay a friend and mentor.
It is a pity that Darwin’s homeland no longer boasts a satirist of the caliber of Thomas Love Peacock to exploit this rich seam of comic absurdity.