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In acknowledgment of the universal accomplishments of Charles Robert Darwin his noble face is printed on English ten pound note crumpled in wallets country-wide And yet his fantastic achievements in the field of science have always deemed him the foil of philosophy and traditional aesthetics Contrary to this popular assumption The Origin of Species is not only a colourfully and intimately written book with poetic flashes of feeling and an intelligent style it is a philosophy As a re-evaluation of nature and mans place within it not only tracks the past the present and how we should understand them but looks to the future confidently in the direction his theory dictates At first glace Romanticism seems the direct opposite to Darwinism the Romantic conception and veneration of nature created by God and presided over by humans seems utterly irreconcilable with the survival of the fittest concept attributed though this simplification was not Darwins words to Darwinism But this is a misconception by those who have not read or have misunderstood The Origin of Species I believe Darwin has here created a kind of neo-Romanticism based on reason and scientific understanding rather than religion art and imagination The Origin of Species is written autobiographically a frank introduction initiates a very personal insightful style based on feelings sensations experience and logic Lacking the scientific evidence of genetics to back his theory the book concentrates on his experiences of nature and details the deductions he made from the lengthy period where he was researching outside in nature In this approach he is not too far removed from the Romantics Nevertheless the basic conclusions he draws are exceedingly different The theory of survival of the fittest regards nature as a chaotic battle-zone fighting and struggling death and cruelty striving and strife It includes notions of extinction and regards natures beautiful colours and smells and sounds as no more than weapons to help continue the species God is absent creational
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