Refutation @ Stake
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Hi, hope you’re keeping well. Here’s a fleeting update to keep you in the proverbial loop,
- I’ve been working flat out on a refutation of a ludicrously silly accusation that Darwin and Wallace were plagiarists. It’s a repetitive occurrence arising out of some people’s refusal to make the effort to engage in research properly. To study science history, you’ve got to assess your findings in the perspective of the period, not modern day. Therefore, stumbling upon various versions of natural selection, a) wasn’t unusual in Victorian times, and, b) is nothing new now. The development of evolutionary theory is very well studied and there are very good reasons for Darwin and Wallace to be held in higher esteem than all others. Most people will accept being corrected and welcome being directed towards a good text on historical research. Not this time alas. Ego and ignorance is a potent mix, so I’m making sure I’ve got every aspect covered. It’s quite a good read in places, even though I say so myself, so it will be going out in some form sometime soon, and there are definitely some passages that will end up in The DISSENT OF MAN. Speaking of which…
- Funding has well and truly stalled on the book. We're at 68% and have been for a few weeks. Don't panic though, we will make it, and I am eternally grateful for your support and patience. This would not happen without each and every one of you. And me. We're a team. As a team, can I ask for a bit of back up on the wing, please? A few nudges of friends and family to get a few more pledges would be wonderful. Please. Thank you.
- Researching the plagiarism case, my reading trail bumped into the lovely Darwin caricature, below, by the rather excellent David Levine . It’s near the beginning of Chapter 3: Misserving Memory in Stephen Jay Gould’s 1987 An Urchin in the Storm: Essays About Books and Ideas, which you can tell from The DISSENT OF MAN is a rich and intoxicating mixture.
- Heady too, in the cognitive science of religion sense, because that is what I really can’t wait to get into print and tell you about all the fantastically exciting breakthroughs in our comprehension of how our brains work, and where our innate spirituality fits in. It’s the most cutting edge field, drawing upon evolutionary theory, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, philosophy of science, linguistics, genetics, theology, and, well, probably quite a lot more.
- Oh … SEX !
- I almost forgot. There’s got to be some sex in there, so you could use that to sell a copy, couldn’t you?
- Back soon. Bye bye for now. Feel free to leave comments, messages, jokes, ideas, offers, etc. in the comments, or just stick a postit note on your screen, and I'll try and get round to reading it soon.
All the best,
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