It looks like Darwin was as impressed as everyone else by the amazing ingenuity in orchids and could not ignore the evidence for design.
Some modern archaeologists have even gone so far as to claim that the archetype of the Great Mother has been a mythic universal.
In his new book, Michael Denton is particularly strong on what he terms “the post-Copernican delusion of mankind’s cosmic irrelevance.”
We’re going to need a new philosophy: one that can handle realities the Elizabethans and Victorians could never have imagined.
Darwin was not at all unsure about the value of his orchid book. He viewed it as presenting the most convincing case for natural selection that he could make.