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An Ur-Moment in Intellectual History: What Happened 170 Years and 12 Days Ago?

On September 28, 1838, Darwin picked up Malthus’s essay on population, and realized that it could be applied to animals and plants. Money quote from Darwin’s autobiography: “[I] happened to read for amusement ‘Malthus on Population,’ and being well prepared … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Is Darwin’s “Struggle for Existence” Economic Malthusianism Writ Large?

Given that most people do not have advanced degrees in mathematics or the sciences, debates and discussions surrounding evolution and creationism appear in the public square in the form of competing metaphors, similes, and extended analogies. In other words, we use … Continue reading

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