This year, 2023, marks the bicentennial of the birth of Alfred Russel Wallace, co-founder with Charles Darwin of the theory of evolution by natural selection.
The reviewers that insist this work is “ludicrous,” a “smear,” or a “hatchet job” are wrong; it is none of these.
Take a moment to consider the impact of labor on the development of evolutionary theory.
When parsed carefully, the metaphorical structure of Darwin’s argumentation emerges as little less than a periphrastic description of the goddess Natura.
Remarkably, Darwin’s evolutionary ideas did not derive from his empirical observations in the South Seas or anywhere else.