HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Science » Science (Group) » Darwin's Dangerous Idea
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:55 AM

Darwin's Dangerous Idea

This is an excellent series of Darwin's discoveries and the fight between him and Richard Owen.

Part 1 starts here:

6 replies, 1389 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 6 replies Author Time Post
Reply Darwin's Dangerous Idea (Original post)
sakabatou Mar 2012 OP
longship Mar 2012 #1
sakabatou Mar 2012 #2
frogmarch Mar 2012 #3
sakabatou Mar 2012 #4
frogmarch Mar 2012 #5
sakabatou Mar 2012 #6

Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 05:46 AM

1. A great book by Dan Dennett, too

He really gets deeply into why evolution was such a dangerous idea. He calls it a universal acid.

Universal acid is a liquid so corrosive that it will eat through anything! The problem is: what do you keep it in? It dissolves glass bottles and stainless-steel canisters as readily as paper bags. What would happen if you some how came upon or created a dollop of universal acid? Would the whole planet eventually be destroyed? What would it leave in its wake? After everything had been transformed by its encounter with universal acid, what would the world look like? Little did I realize that in a few years I would encounter an idea -- Darwin's idea -- bearing an unmistakable likeness to universal acid: it eats through just about every traditional concept, and leaves in its wake a revolutionized world-view, with most of the old landmarks still recognizable, but transformed in fundamental ways.

Daniel C. Dennett, from Darwin's Dangerous Idea, 1995

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:19 PM

2. Bump for the afternoon crowd

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:47 PM

3. Thanks! Superb! Now on to

Parts 2, 3 and 4. There are four altogether, right?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink



Response to sakabatou (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:29 PM

5. Thanks! I am loving this. nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to frogmarch (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:33 PM

6. You're welcome

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread