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The Complete Works Of Charles Darwin : ONLINE !

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posted on Oct, 20 2006 @ 07:28 AM
what more can i add ?

darwin online

to quote the blurb :

This site currently contains more than 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There is also the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and the largest manuscript catalogue ever assembled. More than 150 ancillary texts are also included, ranging from secondary reference works to contemporary reviews, obituaries, published descriptions of Darwin's Beagle specimens and important related works for understanding Darwin's context

it looks a fantstic site , enjoy .

posted on Oct, 23 2006 @ 12:22 PM
Wow, nice link! As a biology student, its a treasure..

posted on Oct, 24 2006 @ 01:55 AM
Good to hear that this has been done.

I wonder how many intelligent-designers and seven-day-wonderworkers will go to the site and read the thing, though. Most likely they'll avoid it like smallpox.

Especially if they're browsing at random and hit on the Galapagos finch chapter, which contains some of the dullest writing ever committed to print by anybody.

Still, I recommend Uncle Charles heartily. Not just the Origin but also The Voyage of the Beagle, which is rather more fun, if less earthshattering in its effect.

posted on Oct, 24 2006 @ 02:10 AM
Cool, thanks for the link.
Is it true that he said his theory on evolution had to be wrong before he passed away? Or is this unsubstantiated?



posted on Oct, 24 2006 @ 02:19 AM
Its very handy having all this on one site.

Its now replaced all my bookmarks for various sites that I had on Darwin.
Very nifty.

posted on Oct, 24 2006 @ 02:50 AM

Originally posted by dAlen
Is it true that he said his theory on evolution had to be wrong before he passed away?

The only place I've ever read this before was in a religious tract.

Darwin, raised as a Christian (but in the relatively undoctrinaire Unitarian tradition), originally meant to become a clergyman, but his love of natural history diverted him from that career. His own theories and discoveries slowly undermined his faith, but he continued to claim belief in some kind of First Cause or supreme being at least until the death of his daughter in 1851, eight years before the publication of The Origin of Species.

He was acutely aware that his ideas flew in the face of conventional religious belief, and this caused him considerable distress. 'Oh, you materialist!' he wrote, self-castigatingly, in his journals. Partly because of this remorse and partly for fear of the public outcry he anticipated, he delayed publication of the Origin until it became clear that if he didn't publish, he'd be snooked by Alfred Russell Wallace, who had independently come to the same conclusions as Darwin.

In later years, he grew greatly to regret the fuss his ideas had caused in the world, to the point where he sometimes wished he had never published them at all. However, the story that he 'repented on his knees' is a Christian fabrication.

The Darwin death-bed conversion tale is pure fabrication, invented by zealous Christians for the purpose of furthering the Christian religion and for the purpose of denigrating both the "agnosticism" practiced by Darwin and the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection

If you'd like to know more, here's a fairly good Darwin-for-dummies-type biographical link. I'd recommend reading a proper biography, though: try Darwin by Adrian Desmond and James R. Moore, published in the UK by Penguin. I don't know if there's an American publisher, but you can get the book from

posted on Oct, 24 2006 @ 04:09 AM
Seek and you will find...

even this page which appears Christian says it was a lie that he retracted his stance.

Cool, glad I asked and looked into it. All I heard from everyone in the Christian world was that he changed his mind.



[edit on 24-10-2006 by dAlen]

posted on Oct, 24 2006 @ 10:05 AM
At the time of his death, Darwin wasn't a believer in God anymore. (Didnt think that was clear from the above posts)

And im not so sure about the above statement, that he regretted all the fuzz.. (Almost a year ago I took that evolution class!

But one thing is for sure, the christians isnt saying the right thing in this case.


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