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Thoughts on Origin of Species

Book Summary   by:illaade     Original Author: Charles Darwin
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Thoughts on Origin of Species

The paper Origin of Species has been, since its publication one of the most controversial in history. And it has continued to generate and inspire much thought and ideas even till today –years after the death of the writer, Charles Darwin.

Charles Darwin studied series of animal species on the Galapagos Islands, and he came up with the conclusion that species experience variations according to the law of survival of the fittest. Species having in possession superior genes tend to survive better in extreme or unconditional situations thus giving the fittest dominance over the less fit. Darwin noted with examples the extermination and the subsequent extinction of less fit species of same family. Even Darwin’s theory influenced Adolph Hitler who believed his race is superior to that of the Jews thus the need for their extermination in cannibalistic ways not less of genocide.

Although the theory professed by Charles Darwin seems to be forever immersed in controversy, recent scientific studies as well as researches suggests its authenticity- Mendel’s Law. This is not to say that the idea, supporting the inexistence of a precise intelligence in the creation of things, do not exist. In fact, it will be unscientific to opine the primary substance from which other things evolved came from nothing by chance; or even if taken at par with the postulation of the survival of the fittest, it would not be worthwhile suggesting that primary substance from which all things evolved survived alone the onslaught of its competitors.

If Darwin’s theory of evolution is taken thus, it will hence put a stop, even if temporal, to its age-long controversy with the religious doctrine of God creating everything, as against the evolutional variation of things.

Published: June 28, 2008   
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