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A Poem for the New Year: Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Ring out, wild bells”

From In Memoriam (106), by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light: The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Intelligent Design Watch: Historian David Gordon Calls Brian Leiter’s Treatment of Thomas Nagel “Deplorable”

In a review of philosopher Thomas Nagel’s new collection of essays (which was just released by Oxford University Press today), historian David Gordon weighs in on Thomas Nagel’s sympathy for Intelligent Design and the attacks that he has received from Brian Leiter: … Continue reading

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Was Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Canto 56, in Which He Calls Nature “red in tooth and claw”, the Product of His Reading Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species?

Nope. Canto 56 is part of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s In Memoriam, a long poem of 131 cantos, and it was written in 1850, fully nine years prior to the publication of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species  (1859). Why, then, is … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Is Nature “Red in Tooth and Claw”?

In 1850 Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote In Memorium, a long poem of 131 Cantos, in memory of the death of his best friend, who died in 1833.  Though In Memorium was written nine years BEFORE Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859), Canto 56 … Continue reading

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