Something Witty About Darwin That I’m Too Tired To Come Up With

Initially Darwin outlined the inevitable challenges to his theory, and did so with an open mind, always freely admitting that his work was not indisputable. He ceded that he did not have enough concrete proof that species had indeed evolved as he theorized, and that there was no true geological evidence of progressive natural selection, but after ceding each point immediately responded with a rebuttal, reaffirming the validity of his own argument. Then, having acknowledged the opposition, he went on to argue all the points in favor of his conclusion, ranging from the variability of species and man’s own ability to selectively breed, to the geological factors that support different levels of variation in different environments. He always maintained that there were holes in his theory, and never defended it as the gospel truth, yet firmly argued that all the evidence pointed towards the verity of his deductions.

Perhaps the most convincing part of this argument is the initial segment wherein he addresses the challenges that will be posed against his work, since he uses it to definitively shut down as much opposition as possible before it has a chance to emerge. He knows that he will face a great deal of protest, but effectively faces it head on in a polite and persuasive manner. Conversely, that same section also contains the weakest point of his argument, which can be attributed to the uncertain nature of science. While his work cannot be definitively disproved, nor can he definitively prove it, for an attempt to claim as much would alienate his contemporaries. Thus, his counterpoints are reduced to an acknowledgement that the geological timeline is not perfect, and that even if they disagree with him other scientists cannot just tell him he is wrong without first supplying their own imperfect evidence.

4 thoughts on “Something Witty About Darwin That I’m Too Tired To Come Up With”

  1. Hunter, you raise some clear points about Darwin’s own thoughts toward his theory. I am always impressed by those who are able to not only acknowledge the downfalls in their research, but also to explain them in detail. Furthermore, Darwin states these concerns, especially about the geological timeline, without providing an attempt to disagree with these concerns. This highlights his respect toward his scientific research, placing the truth over his own pride in his theory. As time progresses, the theory of natural selection will evolve with our understanding of the world and even the universe around us. As we continue to explore the universe in a search for life, a true definition for life must be decided that might impact Darwin’s theory. Additionally, with more data if we do find life elsewhere and from the life forms around the planet, the theory will either be strengthened or adapt as necessary.

  2. You make some great points about how Darwin analyzes his own research and can think critically about it. He makes sure he has a clear understanding of his beliefs and the reasons behind them before he publicizes them. This allows him to more effectively defend his point and argue with other people about his beliefs. This is something we as students should learn when doing things like writing papers or doing assignments because it helps articulate ideas and make them easier to understand as well as defend.

  3. Noting the fact that Darwin was critical of his own work is something that’s pretty important, and I think you’ve managed to capture that well in your writing here. Darwin makes it clear that he knows there are holes in his beliefs, but also firmly backs why he thinks they’re true and why he wants everyone else to think so too. He was able to effectively defend his point by bringing up the noted flaws in his research, and that’s something that I don’t think a lot of people can do and he does it well. I think people today need to take a page out of Darwin’s book when it comes to analyzing their own works because it makes it easier for them to understand and it makes it easier for those reading to understand.

  4. I like that you acknowledged Darwin’s criticisms toward himself because it is true. It took Darwin years and years to publish his book on evolution/natural selection and he was only persuaded to because someone else was hot on his trail. I do agree that he did put out a convincing argument and I find it interesting that you think the strongest part of his argument is virtually the counterargument. Darwin understands the doubts people will have and addresses them; in essence, he understands and tries to sympathize with the people who doubt him in order to get them to listen to what he has to say. Overall I liked your post and found your points to be well supported and easy to understand.

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