Charles Darwin: the Development of his Brilliant and Dangerous Idea

Course Ref: C3747379
Date: 6 meetings on Wednesdays starting 03/11/2021. 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: Woodley Hill House
Tutor: John Fletcher
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Fee: £54.00

Charles Darwin was a modest, somewhat conventional Victorian gentleman whose ideas changed the way we see the world and the way we see ourselves. The theory of 'Evolution by Natural Selection', co-originated by Alfred Russel Wallace at almost exactly the same time, does not just explain the origin of species, it shows how order and design can arise in the natural world without the need for a creator. Following Darwin and Wallace we have learnt much about the origin, the structure and the function of living things and now, barely 150 years later, we can direct the evolution of species including our own. This course will look at the life and tribulations of Darwin and his family and how he came to launch a scientific and cultural revolution. We will see how his ideas have developed and have become the very foundation of biological science. We will also look at how 'Darwinism' and the concept of 'survival of the fittest' have been used and misused to further social and political ends.

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