Monday, June 23, 2014

This Book Review of Paul Johnson’s New Book is a Must Read

Another Coat of Bronze

I remember the disappointment when I sat in class one day and listened to the otherwise brilliant professor discuss the “fact” of evolution. The switch from a scientific genius explaining how nature works to metaphysical midget issuing sophomoric truth claims was strange and disheartening. And so it is with the great Paul Johnson’s new book Darwin: Portrait of a Genius, of which Terry Scambray’s review is a must read.

4 comments:

  1. Terry Scambray: Omitted by Johnson is the comment by Richard Owen, the most famous scientist of his day and the man who coined the word dinosaur. As Owen remarked: Darwin’s seminal book, The Origin of the Species, “will be forgotten in 10 years.”

    That's funny. Anyway,

    Terry Scambray: Though there are plenty of sputtering attempts at it, all that the book presents are the usual empty generalities about “Darwin the scientist”

    Darwin was rightly considered a scientist of the first rank before he ever published Origin of Species.

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    1. Those who don't know history are doomed to act like fools.

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    2. Z:

      Darwin was rightly considered a scientist of the first rank before he ever published Origin of Species.

      Agreed. It was after that were the problems began.

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    3. Cornelius Hunter: Agreed. It was after that were the problems began.

      Then Scambray's consistent denigration of Darwin as a scientist misses the mark.

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