Chapter 1. It’s a Smart, Smart, Smart, Smart World

I HAVE ALWAYS ADMIRED CHARLES DARWIN, NOT LEAST BECAUSE HE NEVER ALLOWED FAITH, INTUITION, OR RECEIVED WISDOM TO BLIND HIM TO FACT. HE DIDN’T JUST HANG AROUND HIS OFFICE TOUTING UNPROVEN THEORIES. INSTEAD HE TRAVELED FAR AFIELD IN SEARCH OF ACTUAL EXPERIENCE AND MADE DETAILED OBSERVATIONS. HE WAS BENT ON TESTING HIS THEORIES TO FIND OUT WHAT REALLY WORKED.

Darwin grew up surrounded by Victorian England’s certainties, among them that God created the world and all its creatures (especially Englishmen) in seven days. And it was considered a near certainty that young Charles would follow his father and grandfather into medicine. That idea collapsed: Charles had no interest in the family business, nor ...

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