It was at Edinburgh University that he first encountered radical philosophical materialism, which laid the philosophical foundation for his work in evolution.
I had what Pasteur called “the prepared mind” to take in what Wallace had to tell me.
Take a moment to consider the impact of labor on the development of evolutionary theory.
Only Wallace’s postulation of an “Overruling Intelligence” to explain the complexities of humanity and nature has stood the test of time.
Nature’s prophet and Darwin’s challenger, Wallace’s effort was to restore nature to the “space-spirit hierarchy” it once knew.