To isolate and quantify the factors which ultimately led to the acceptance of Darwinian ideas is not a straightforward task.
The theory of natural selection was the co-discovery of two men, but by the mid 1860s one of its progenitors began to reject his own theory.
Some modern archaeologists have even gone so far as to claim that the archetype of the Great Mother has been a mythic universal.
This form of objection left the door ajar to the kind of “hybrid” interpretation favored by some in both Britain and America in the later Victorian period.
Charles Darwin, as we saw yesterday, pulled off an intellectual coup against the major thinkers of the Western tradition. How did he do it?