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.
The arresting historical vignette of Darwin’s fraught meeting with Bradlaugh and Aveling at his country retreat would doubtless make for a good TV docudrama.
Denis Diderot mooted the possibility of a creature evolving through habitual functioning into another form of life altogether.
Darwin was unquestionably a racist, arguing that civilization would advance even at the cost of inevitable racial extermination.
One wonders what kind of address Douglass would give on Darwin Day — falling tomorrow, February 12 — amidst Black History Month.