“There is a time in every man’s life when he looks to his God, when he looks at his life, when he wonders how he will be remembered.”
In the 19th century, it was widely believed that the spontaneous generation of life from non-life was common and unremarkable.
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.
Assume for a moment that there was some way to produce simple organic molecules on the early Earth.
It’s not often that a new functional organ is found in the human body, considering that everything has been dissected and drawn for centuries.