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The Origin of Species/The Descent of Man (Modern Library)

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Perhaps the most readable and accessible of the great works of scientific imagination, The Origin of Species sold out on the day it was published in 1859. Theologians quickly labeled Charles Darwin the most dangerous man in England, and, as the Saturday Review noted, the uproar over the book quickly "passed beyond the bounds of the study and lecture-room into the drawing-r ...more
Hardcover, 720 pages
Published August 31st 1993 by Random House, Inc. (first published 1871)
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Jan 09, 2011 Derek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it's weird how influential On the Origin Of Species is, at least in circles i care about, yet if you ask around very few people have actually read it. most people shrug it off saying they know what it's about so don't need to read it. strangely it's a lot like The Bible (how many people actually sit down & read it cover to cover?). so i figured it was high time i heard it straight from the horse's mouth (especially as i just recently read the Bible (the The Dead Sea Scrolls version) i figure ...more
Aug 24, 2013 GONZA rated it liked it
Read only the conclusion of "The descent of man" for my MOOC:
....."It must not be supposed that the divergence of each race from the other races, and of all from a common stock, can be traced back to any one pair of progenitors. On the contrary, at every stage in the process of modification, all the individuals which were in any way better fitted for their conditions of life, though in different degrees, would have survived in greater numbers than the less well-fitted. The process would have bee
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Feb 22, 2015 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Bill Ellos
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Loyola University, being a Jesuit University in its foundation, served as a training center for what the order called "collegians", most of whom studied theology or philosophy at the graduate level. Consequently, teaching assistantships mostly went to them while seculars like myself were generally assigned research assistantships.
Personally, I enjoyed my assignments, although more experience with teaching would have been more helpful, professionally speaking. There was a three year limit on suc
May 21, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
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I'm ashamed to admit that this is the first time I have read this book all the way through (considering I have a Masters in Anthropology with a focus on early hominid stone tools and now work in a Biology Lab for a professor who studies the evolution of the genome). I actually listened to it at work (Librivox rocks) and it was pretty slow going. However, I ultimately enjoyed it immensely and was very impressed with all of the wonderful examples. I'm looking forward to reading it and being able t ...more
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Jun 29, 2014 James Violand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Every educated being on the planet should read this book. Especially fundamentalists who will be surprised that Darwin believes in a God - just not a Genie. A brilliant man records his theories based on observation. I'm a Catholic and I thank God my religion readily accepts the obvious instead of maintaining unsupportable mythical positions. God gave us brains to think! We fulfill our destiny through thinking. Also, fundamentalists, we did not evolve from apes or monkeys. It's that we have commo ...more
Alexander Metro
Sep 07, 2012 Alexander Metro rated it it was amazing
I am coming to realize why "Origin" has been so controversial. Darwin's research implies that the life (all kinds) that survives does so because it is superior overall to competitors. One could say that humans have extended the terms of surviving by introducing the unique element of a controlling intelligence. This could ameliorate the reality that the better, the stronger survive.
Jan 05, 2014 Tim rated it did not like it
Not worth reading. Most of the ideas have been proven false.
Dec 27, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most important, world-changing ideas in human history. If you have never read it, you really should give it a chance.
Aug 05, 2013 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
$0.50 used paperback from beaverton library, withdrawn from circ.
library-bound hardback, written in.
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Sep 25, 2010 Jacob 706 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
was this a boring book i would like to read this book sometime in the near by future.
Rusty Newman
Jul 18, 2009 Rusty Newman rated it it was amazing
God is redundant
Aug 16, 2010 Pat added it
Recommends it for: doubters and believers
Darwin wanted to communicate how he came to see what he saw. He wrote about it clearly. Sometimes he went on with examples and references for his fellow scientists but mostly anyone can follow the logic. He wasn't particularly happy with his finding. It would have been more poetic for God to have created humans in his own image. But the evidence he saw and documented showed that all life developed via experience, luck (dinosaurs not, mammals yes, so far) and the survivors of billions of years of ...more
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Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist, eminent as a collector and geologist, who proposed and provided scientific evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors through the process he called natural selection. The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and the general public in his lifetime, while his theory of natural selec ...more
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