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Evolutionary Writings by Charles Darwin
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Jun 25, 2011

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bookshelves: biographical, non-fiction

I originally picked this up at my local library for a school project I was doing on 19th century literature but I decided to hold on to it and complete it because I became very interested in reading for myself the great and mysterious works of Charles Darwin. Since I was a little girl I was told that he was the great man that started the world thinking about evolution and I was pleasantly surprized by the ease with which I understood his explanations and arguments. This collection contains exerpts from four of his works and I found them all quite fascinating. If you look past the glaring racism and sexism and focus on the more concrete facts and observations, it's quite a tough argument. I also really enjoyed knowing that evolution and Darwinism is a generally accepted view at least in the modern western world but when this was first published it was rather mind-blowing and detrimental to the integrity of the Church.
I greatly encourage more people to pick up some non-fiction and just expand your mind about the past, present and future ideas of your fellow human beings. You may just learn some fascinating things.

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Reading Progress

June 25, 2011 – Started Reading
June 25, 2011 – Shelved
June 25, 2011 –
page 39
June 26, 2011 –
page 70
July 4, 2011 –
page 115
July 4, 2011 –
page 158
July 4, 2011 –
page 231
July 15, 2011 –
page 255
July 16, 2011 –
page 288
July 17, 2011 –
page 309
July 19, 2011 –
page 351
July 20, 2011 –
page 397
July 21, 2011 – Finished Reading
August 21, 2011 – Shelved as: biographical
February 13, 2014 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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