posted on Sep, 12 2009 @ 08:02 PM
reply to post by refuse_orders
From the looks of it, the film isn't only about the theory of evolution. The plot is basically the life story of Darwin, the death of his daughter,
his loss of faith, the construction of his theory, and his struggle with his religious wife. So obviously the theory is mentioned but it's not the
What this looks like to me in my honest opinion is an attempt to portray Darwin as the sympathetic hero. I have a feeling they will be omitting a lot
of information about him to make him look as idealistic as possible when this simply isn't so.
I'm not going to engage in an ad hominem argument by attacking him to attack his research but the fact remains Darwin did indeed have some very
racist theories and beliefs as well as some serious anti-religious beliefs that were later released in his memoirs and personal correspondence.
That may be no big deal to many readers here but keep in mind the complete title of his work was 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural
Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
.' He also recorded a lot of research not included in Origins to show
how blacks were evolutionary throwbacks while whites were the superior race.
Also, he spent the latter part of his life attempting to appear even minded to show how religion and evolution could compliment each other. I'll
withhold my opinion on that, however, it is very deceptive of him when his personal notes that were published upon his death revealed his agenda to
use the theory of evolution against religion.
But I have a feeling the film will be leaving all of that out. That is what concerns me. And to those who say that is no big deal, either, that's
fine. But it does make me curious why some want us to remain ignorant regarding some of Darwin's darker motivations.
[edit on 9/12/2009 by AshleyD]