It is a pity that Darwin’s homeland no longer boasts a satirist of the caliber of Thomas Love Peacock to exploit this rich seam of comic absurdity.
Marvelously free of racist prejudice, Wallace noted in his fieldwork in far-flung locations that primitive tribes were intellectually the equals of Europeans.
Darwin reports Haughton’s verdict as having been that “all that was new in there was false, and what was true was old.”
Given the degree of discipleship for Sir Charles, Darwin fully expected to receive Lyell’s commendation for his labors.
In his new book, Michael Denton is particularly strong on what he terms “the post-Copernican delusion of mankind’s cosmic irrelevance.”