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    I am a student who will to be writing a 10 page paper on SOMETHING relating to Darwin and/or the book On the Origin of Species. I keep giving myself narrow thesis topics that can barely stretch across two pages and I have until the end of the week to have a rough draft of my paper.

    Please help!! Topics? Thesis ideas? Sources?

    anything would be helpful and much needed, just please don't just say "evolution"


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    his work on barnacles might be a good, if not altogether novel, angle
    it's one of those areas where Darwin proved his knack for approaching an area that was new to him and tackling the subject in a way that was both thorough and different from his contemporaries
    and all the time, this novelty was inspired by his way of looking at evolution in a way that differed from most of his contemporaries

    oh, and there's also the book by Rebecca Stott to help you on your way


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    Darwin began his life as a Christian, and ended it as a non believer. The interesting point is why. The change had nothing to do with any of his scientific ideas. He became a non believer because his beloved daughter died, and he decided no deity could exist who was so cruel.
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    His daughter was the final straw, but according to his autobiography he's already turned well away from traditional Christianity by his late 20's based on his reading of the bible.
    "During these two years (i.e. October 1836 to January 1839) I was led to think much about religion. Whilst on board the Beagle I was quite orthodox, and I remember being heartily laughed at by several of the officers (though themselves orthodox) for quoting the Bible as an unanswerable authority on some point of morality. I suppose it was the novelty of the argument that amused them. But I had gradually come, by this time, to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow as a sign, etc., etc., and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos, or the beliefs of any barbarian. The question then continually rose before my mind and would not be banished,—is it credible that if God were now to make a revelation to the Hindoos, would he permit it to be connected with the belief in Vishnu, Siva, &c., as Christianity is connected with the Old Testament. This appeared to me utterly incredible.

    By further reflecting that the clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe in the miracles by which Christianity is supported,—that the more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become,—that the men at that time were ignorant and credulous to a degree almost incomprehensible by us,—that the Gospels cannot be proved to have been written simultaneously with the events,—that they differ in many important details, far too important as it seemed to me to be admitted as the usual inaccuracies of eye-witnesses;—by such reflections as these, which I give not as having the least novelty or value, but as they influenced me, I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation. The fact that many false religions have spread over large portions of the earth like wild-fire had some weight with me. Beautiful as is the morality of the New Testament, it can hardly be denied that its perfection depends in part on the interpretation which we now put on metaphors and allegories.
    But I was very unwilling to give up my belief;—I feel sure of this for I can well remember often and often inventing day-dreams of old letters between distinguished Romans and manuscripts being discovered at Pompeii or elsewhere which confirmed in the most striking manner all that was written in the Gospels. But I found it more and more difficult, with free scope given to my imagination, to invent evidence which would suffice to convince me. Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and have never since doubted even for a single second that my conclusion was correct. I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlEyes View Post
    I am a student who will to be writing a 10 page paper on SOMETHING relating to Darwin and/or the book On the Origin of Species. I keep giving myself narrow thesis topics that can barely stretch across two pages and I have until the end of the week to have a rough draft of my paper.

    Please help!! Topics? Thesis ideas? Sources?

    anything would be helpful and much needed, just please don't just say "evolution"
    You can write about ((If Darwin was here he would not accept his old Idia)); and quote it from his book the Origin of Species, he said (( If my theory be true, numberless intermediate varietiesvarieties, linking most closely all of the species of the same group together must assuredly have existed... Consequently, evidence of their former existence could be found only amongst fossil remains.)) but these imaginary cretures did not exist in any time of history, the famous British paleontologist, Derek V. Ager, admits this fact, even though he is an evolutionist (( The point emerges that if we examine the fossil record in detail, whether at the level of orders or of species, we find—over and over again—not gradual evolution, but the sudden explosion of one group )).
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    Quote Originally Posted by StraightPath View Post
    You can write about ((If Darwin was here he would not accept his old Idia)); and quote it from his book the Origin of Species, he said (( If my theory be true, numberless intermediate varietiesvarieties, linking most closely all of the species of the same group together must assuredly have existed... Consequently, evidence of their former existence could be found only amongst fossil remains.)) but these imaginary cretures did not exist in any time of history, the famous British paleontologist, Derek V. Ager, admits this fact, even though he is an evolutionist (( The point emerges that if we examine the fossil record in detail, whether at the level of orders or of species, we find—over and over again—not gradual evolution, but the sudden explosion of one group )).
    now where did you copy this rubbish from? and who is this "famous" paleontologist Derek Ager ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StraightPath View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by OwlEyes View Post
    I am a student who will to be writing a 10 page paper on SOMETHING relating to Darwin and/or the book On the Origin of Species. I keep giving myself narrow thesis topics that can barely stretch across two pages and I have until the end of the week to have a rough draft of my paper.

    Please help!! Topics? Thesis ideas? Sources?

    anything would be helpful and much needed, just please don't just say "evolution"
    You can write about ((If Darwin was here he would not accept his old Idia)); and quote it from his book the Origin of Species, he said (( If my theory be true, numberless intermediate varietiesvarieties, linking most closely all of the species of the same group together must assuredly have existed... Consequently, evidence of their former existence could be found only amongst fossil remains.)) but these imaginary cretures did not exist in any time of history, the famous British paleontologist, Derek V. Ager, admits this fact, even though he is an evolutionist (( The point emerges that if we examine the fossil record in detail, whether at the level of orders or of species, we find—over and over again—not gradual evolution, but the sudden explosion of one group )).
    would you care to repost the quotes you use with the omitted sections in place and accounted for?
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    Darwin did not work in a vacuum. Consider writing about the other scientists of his time who were making supporting discoveries in acheology, geology, chemistry, genetics etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlEyes View Post
    I am a student who will to be writing a 10 page paper on SOMETHING relating to Darwin and/or the book On the Origin of Species. I keep giving myself narrow thesis topics that can barely stretch across two pages and I have until the end of the week to have a rough draft of my paper.

    Please help!! Topics? Thesis ideas? Sources?

    anything would be helpful and much needed, just please don't just say "evolution"
    i would start by reading "on the origin of species."

    I'm sure you find plenty of interesting stuff there as a framework.
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