Daily Archives: August 20, 2008

“L’accordee de Vilage”: A Jean-Baptiste Greuze Painting Depicting A Rather Darwinian and Jane Austen-like Transaction of a Marriage, 1760s

Mate selection, status, control of resources—and irony, the heart, and the mind.

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Can Reading the Novels of Jane Austen Give Us Access to the Inner Life of Charles Darwin—and the Dynamics of Sexual Selection?

More than a few observers have made analogies between the life and ideas of Charles Darwin and the novels of Jane Austen. These analogies tend to arrive in two forms: Jane Austen’s novels, it is claimed, give us a way … Continue reading

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Some Heterodox Free Thought History Learned From an Old Book’s Dust Jacket: Before There Was Paul Kurtz and His “Prometheus Books,” There Was Charles Watts and His “Watts and Company”

Rather fascinated by a free thought classic, Christian Hell from the First to the Twentieth Century, published in 1913 by Watts & Company, and written by Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner, I went in search of other writings by the same author and found a … Continue reading

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