Charles Darwin 200th Birthday Exhibitions
Conrad Martens, Sydney (detail), 1836, watercolour with scraping- out
This year marks ’s two hundredth birthday, and exactly 150 years since he published his world-changing book, The Origin of Species. Predictably, the entire planet has been overwhelmed with Darwin exhibitions and publications. I once read that Jesus Christ was the most biographed individual of all time, with Leonardo da Vinci in second place. By now, Captain Cook and Charles Darwin must be giving them some stiff competition.
When the great scientist died in 1882, the Germans were the first to call the nineteenth century, “Darwin’s century”. The British, less inclined to hyperbole, were more ambiguous in their feelings for the man who had given us the controversial theory of evolution. Nevertheless, they were not to be outdone, and buried him with tremendous pomp in Westminster Abbey. Darwin, for his part, had only wanted a modest ceremony in the small hamlet of Down in Kent, where he had lived quietly with his family. he end if his life he had become a universal icon.
For his acolytes, Darwin’s doctrines represented the ultimate triumph of science over superstition, the path of progress Britain had to pursue if its glory were to be sustained. To his detractors, he remained the heretic who claimed we were descended from monkeys rather than Adam and Eve. If religion were to be undermined in this way, went the argument, then morality would surely be the next casualty.
If we haven’t descended completely into anarchy over the past hundred years, neither has Darwin’s triumph impeded the growth of religious sentiment. His ideas about the mutability of species and the survival of the fittest have left the realm of biology and been adapted for social and cultural purposes. Not all of these uses have been congenial, as in the theories of ‘degeneration’ that the Jewish philosopher, Max Nordau unwittingly served up to the Nazis. So too the poisonous doctrine of economic rationalism engineered by F.A.Hayek, but used to devastating effect by Margaret Thatcher.
Conrad Martens, Govetts Leap, Watercolour on grey tinted paper, 1835 Augustus Earl, Bathurst Plains and Settlement, 1825–28, Watercolour
On the other hand, evolution has been the ultimate counter to revolution – the utopian idea that the world must be changed for the better by violent upheaval. Despite all the carnage of the past century, there is no denying that a large part of the world has made steady – evolutionary – progress towards health and happinessShare tips how buy jewelry? What does resignation mean? What is the meaning of alice? Planning tips how your escape? What pennies are valuable? How to cancel paramount plus on amazon? Where on a 1099 misc do i put tips for a hairstylist? How to make a video into a live photo? He also serves who stands and waits meaning? What is the meaning of inherently? Tips and tricks to make yourself sound great when you don't know much on a guitar? How to do vector tricks? Which of the following words has a prefix meaning without? how to update wii u games usb helper What a great day to be alive meaning? What does flagging mean? What is the speed of light in mph? What does reproach mean? How to make pizza dough? What does namesake mean? Youtube tricks how to blow a bubble of gum? What does csv stand for? Tips to stop eating when not hungry? How to hardboil eggs? How to poke on facebook? How to shave your head? How to calculate density? How to draw eyes? How do you teach an old dog new tricks? What herbs are in italian seasoning? How to prevent varicose veins? What are symptoms of low blood pressure? What is the meaning of the name destiny? What order should i learn balisong tricks in reddit? How to remove tiktok watermark? How to kill lice? How to facetime with android? How to tell if a guy is circumcised? How to delete blank page in word? What does 102 mean? How do i calculate tips with child support? What does general liability covers? How to find proportion? What states are the pacific northwest? How to get rid of keloid? Tips for not passing out when getting blood drawn? How to draw a gir? How to duplicate remembrance? What does flatten mean on cricut? What does habibti mean? How to calculate margin? What does succumb mean? What does ionized mean? how to season hamburger helper What does the circle r mean? What does dvm stand for? What does wotcher mean? What is the meaning of die hard? What does humidity mean? What does lurk mean on twitch? Which includes but not limited to meaning? What does embedded mean? What does asexual mean? What is the spiritual meaning of flies in your house? What is the meaning of tiger lily? How to stop leg cramps immediately? What is blue heart mean? How to paint? How to season a cast iron? What is the meaning of patriarchy? How to delete google reviews? What does volume measure? Three long beeps during the post sequence on an intel bios are an indication of what type of issue? How long does hair take to grow? What channel is espn? How to cure back pain fast at home? How to get rid of fleas in carpet? What does nephew mean? How to get a job at interview tips/a/? How to apply for unemployment in california? how to add raid helper to discord How to get rid of stomach fat? What does save the neck for me clark meaning? How to : rotary polishing tips and tricks chemical guys? What are the names of god and their meaning? How to find equilibrium price? How to fill out w4? What does the name adrian mean? How to make avocado toast? How to remove silicone tips from airpod pro? How to learn skate tricks? What is the meaning of cardinal set in math? how to clear google chrome helper What can a banana cost $10 meaning? What is the meaning of llc in business? What does higher humidity mean? How to magicians do tricks where item ends up in someones pocket? how are lymphocytes activated helper t cells what is a.progres ie rate helper springs What does syndication mean? What does covid do to your lungs? What does high strung mean?