One of the real pleasures afforded in reading Charles Darwin’s correspondence is the discovery of areas of research on which he never published, but which interested him deeply. We can gain many insights about Darwin’s research methods by following these ‘letter trails’ and observing how correspondence served as a vital research tool for him.
One such story begins with the preparation of a new edition of On the Origin of Species (the fourth) in 1866. Darwin made substantive changes to every new edition of Origin; often the changes were inspired by recent criticism or new research. od Words entitled the ‘Reign of law’. The article contained an argument about beauty in nature.
The duke, who was best known for his interest in geology and ornithology, claimed:
Spangles of the emerald are no better in the battle of life than spangles of the ruby. apphire. … The evidence is indeed abundant, that ornament and variety are provided for in nature for themselves and by themselves, separate from all other use whatever. Any theory on the origin of species which is too narrow to hold this fact, must be taken back for enlargement and repair.
Reign of Law, p. 231.
Campbell’s was only the latest statement of a common argument against Darwin’s theory, one he had dealt with already in Origin but which he now felt compelled to expand on as he prepared a fourth edition of the book.
Darwin began with the argument that ‘the idea of the beauty of any particular object obviously depends on the mind of man, irrespective of any real quality in the admired object; and that the idea is not an innate and unalterable element in the mind, ’ and continued, ‘On the view of beautiful objects having been created for man’s gratification, it ought to be shown that there was less beauty on the face of the earth before man appeared than since he came on the stage. Were the beautiful volute and cone shells of the Eocene epoch, and the gracefully sculptured ammonites of the Secondary period, created that man might ages afterwards admire them in his cabinet?’
After mentioning sexual selection as another instance of beauty-with-a-purpose, Darwin turned to the plant world and remarked:
that the gaily-coloured fruit of the spindle-wood tree and the scarlet berries of the holly are beautiful objects, will be admitted by every one. But this beauty serves merely as a guide to birds and beasts, that the fruit may be devoured and the seeds thus disseminated: I infer that this is the case from having as yet found in every instance that seeds, which are embedded within a fruit of any kind, that is within a fleshy or pulpy envelope, if it be coloured of any brilliant tint, or merely rendered conspicuous by being coloured white or black, are always disseminated by being first devoured.How to a cool simple parkour tricks? How to change your name on twitter? What does to wit mean? What is usually the first sign of hiv? How do david blaines street magic tricks work? What does vamp mean? What does nsw mean? What does a vacuole store? How long does tylenol take to work? How to log into icloud? How to declutter your home? What mouse does shroud use? What is the meaning of razia? What is the meaning of the name taylor? What does fracking mean? What is perm press? What is the meaning of the sign of the cross? How to turn off tips bf2? How to animate a picture? How to make a paper crown? What is the meaning of baka? How to deactivate twitter? How to evolve hisuian growlithe? What does the z stand for on russian tanks? What is the meaning of foolproof? What does nfsw mean? What are anxiety disorders? Little alchemy how to make human? what are helper functions in c How to preserve avocado? How much is guitar tricks membership? Mind playing tricks seeing shapes and figures in shadows why? what differnt kinds of hamburger helper are there? What does the name maya mean? What is slugging percentage? What are the seven deadly sins in order? How to unlock iphone carrier? How to better use sandisk micro sd card tips tricks secrets diy tutorials? What does dilapidated mean? What are allocated tips? How long does natural immunity to covid last? What does quotient mean in math? How to netflix party? How to get robux for free? What is the population of canada? How to use whatsapp? How to screenshot on hp? How to share apple music? How to make ice coffee? How to install forge? What does alignment mean? How to say your welcome in spanish? What does aurora mean? How to add visa gift card to amazon? What are analytics? How to soothe sore throat? What does prostrate mean? what does the bible mean when it says the wife is a helper How to fry shrimp? What is anatomy? What is a vision board? What is the meaning of easter eggs? How to read an oximeter? The genius checklist: nine paradoxical tips on how you can become a creative genius? What is the meaning of asana? What does smt mean on instagram? How long do french tips last? How to make twice baked potatoes? What are wheel locks? What does gross income mean? What is pollination? How do you train dogs new tricks? How to help a stomach ache? 5 brainwashing tricks that work no matter how smart you are? Which of the following is the correct meaning of "presentation of self"? How to get rid of lice with vinegar? Tips on how to improve essay? What is mediterranean diet? what can i replace milk with in hamburger helper How to conceive? How to movie maker windows 8 tips? What does hu mean? where to buy tuna helper? How to do tricks on monster energy supercross 3 ps4? What is aura color meaning? How to rebuild database ps4? How to code? What does ywa mean on snapchat? How to thaw breast milk from freezer? What is the meaning of the word quotient? How to change screen time passcode? What does centennial mean? What does finding a feather mean? How long to bake fish? What is the meaning of halted? What year does the batman take place? What does bossa nova mean? How to teach your dog tricks on my first dog? Why does blood sugar have to be taken from finger tips? How to get rid of a yeast infection? Why does puck play tricks on humans? Tricks how to publish blocked url on fb page?