This video is called The Genius of Charles Darwin, Part 1 – Life, Darwin & Everything.
From the New Scientist:
15:18 29 January 2009 by Rowan Hooper
* Book information
* Darwin’s Sacred Cause by Adrian Desmond and James Moore
* Published by: Allen Lane
* Price: £25
* ISBN: 978-1846140358
For someone who came up with what has justly been described as “the single best idea anyone has ever had”, Darwin has been vilified to an extraordinary degree. Clearly, his achievement of uniting all species under a common ancestor outraged millions, and still does. This book spectacularly humanises him, showing how he was driven by the great moral cause of his day: opposition to slavery.
Adrian Desmond and James Moore have come up with something astonishing: a radical new explanation of the force that drove Darwin. I hesitate to call this work definitive, as that was how the same authors’ epic biography of Darwin was described in 1991. I wouldn’t have thought it possible to further elevate the standing Darwin and his work have, but by trawling through reams of correspondence and notebooks, Desmond and Moore have done just that.
Darwin’s family was passionately abolitionist and he continually mixed with people devoted to the cause. On his travels aboard the Beagle he was outraged by the suffering he saw inflicted by slavery, and that left a bigger impression on him than, say, the Galapagos finches.
While we know Darwin’s ideas on overpopulation and competition were influenced by Thomas Malthus, we have not appreciated how, in Desmond and Moore’s words, his “emancipation of all life from its Creative chains”, was driven by a passionate desire to see slaves liberated from their masters. And while the industrial revolution is recognised as a major influence, the effect of the gigantic and powerful slave trade has been ignored.
Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present
By John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark & Richard York
Monthly Review Press, 2008
240 pages, $33.95. Review of this book: here.
[Audio] Marxism and Darwinism: here.
Did slave’s stay inspire Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”? Here.
Long before Tea Party activists and other sundry conservatives detected the ghost of socialism in health care reform and financial regulation legislation, proslavery theorists argued that abolition was akin to socialism: here.
- Book Review – The Voyage of The Beagle (swordofscience.wordpress.com)
- Talks to celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday (ted.com)
- On the evolution of Darwin (3quarksdaily.com)
- “I am almost convinced (quite contrary to opinion I started… (itsokaytobesmart.com)