Joined: May 2006
|Quote (Doc Bill @ Feb. 11 2009,16:15)|
|Happy Birthday Chucky D!|
Were he here, I would give Charles a copy of this book because I've enjoyed reading it several times:
Darwin - The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist by Adrian Desmond and James Moore, WW Norton & Co, 1991, ISBN 0-393-31150-3, 808 pages.
When you read about what Darwin did just on the Beagle, it would be enough for one career. One of his monographs would be enough for one career. To consider the vast volume of work Darwin produced, handwritten, is remarkable.
He was also ill for a great part of his life. Watch the worm, puke, watch the worm, puke; repeat.
Question for the crowd: If Darwin lived today would he be as prolific, or would he be weighed down in an office writing grant proposals?
DB: He MIGHT be out in the field, but he'd likely still have to deal with the standard bureaucratic crap we've all come to know and loathe. I think he *could* be as prolific, but it'd be difficult. (I'm thinking of like Mayr or E.O Wilson)
I'm only on p.104 of the new Desmond & Moore offering -- haven't had much time to read lately.
It's great info on topics I thought I knew pretty well; we used to have "Darwin Trivia" contests in the anthro/archaeo depts. at my old school and I did okay, but this is a lot of new material to me. I'm taking my time and savoring it. Chucky, you were one of the greats. Te Salutamus.
AtBC Award for Thoroughness in the Face of Creationism