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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 03 2012,13:28   

Eric Anderson: We’re looking for what would be considered a scientific argument, not a rhetorical one. Darwin was a gifted rhetorician, I’ll grant that ...

Handwaving. Reposted from comment on Telic Thoughts:

I think you've got the wrong guy. Darwin sailed around the world collecting evidence nearly thirty years before he published Origin of Species in one of the greatest scientific adventures of all times! Then he spent years collecting and publishing additional evidence to support and develop his nascent theory, long before he was willing to put the theory before his peers. Darwin's incremental approach allowed him to build and refine his argument, on a solid evidentiary basis.

Darwin's intensive, multi-year study of barnacles was sufficient to establish his reputation among scientists, while his study of earthworms established his public reputation; and the sheer volume of his scientific studies, including observations of moths, orchids, bees, beetles, coral reefs, as well as related studies of geology, made him one of the most important scientists of his time without even mentioning Origin of Species.

Here is a partial list of Darwin's primary scientific output:

   * The zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle
   * Natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle
   * The Breeding of Animals
   * The structure and distribution of coral reefs.
   * Fertilisation of British orchids by insect agency
   * On the agency of bees in the fertilisation of papilionaceous flowers

As well as published observations on living and fossil Cirripedia, animal intelligence, insectivorous plants; cross breeding hybrid dianths; the effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom; the different forms of flowers on plants of the same species; the effect of seawater on seeds; mouse-coloured breed of ponies; bees and the fertilisation of kidney beans; cross-breeds of strawberries; flowers and their unbidden guests; the power of movement in plants; the formation of vegetable mould, through the action of worms; nectar-secreting organs of plants, Rhea americana, Chiasognathus Grantii, Carabus, Geospiza, Camarhynchus, Cactornis and Certhidea, Sagitta, planaria; Lizard's eggs; observations of proofs of recent elevation on the coast of Chili; the geology of the Falkland Islands; on certain areas of elevation and subsidence in the Pacific and Indian oceans, as deduced from the study of coral formations; on the connexion of certain volcanic phenomena, and on the formation of mountain-chains and volcanoes, as the effects of continental elevations; vincas, frogs, rates, geese, butterflies, teasel, ants, holly berries and their bees, primrose, black sheep, mosquitoes, cherry blossoms, gladioli, penguin ducks, fumariaceae, influence of pollen on the appearance of seed, etc.

Without the Theory of Evolution, Darwin was one of the greatest scientists of his age. With the Theory of Evolution, he revolutionized biology, a revolution which is still spawning entire new areas of research today.

Edited by Zachriel on Oct. 03 2012,13:42

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