Unlike Darwin, Owen believed that evolution was guided by teleology or purpose, and he saw humans as different from animals not only in degree but in kind.
Darwin was unquestionably a racist, arguing that civilization would advance even at the cost of inevitable racial extermination.
“There can’t be any question about what they meant. Remember, this is a zoology class. Evolution is taught.”
I didn’t intend to “savage” Derbyshire. I wanted to encourage him in his writing.
You think if Darwinian theory had emerged not in the dark age of the 19th century but in our own woke era, it would be different? No, it wouldn’t.