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Charles Darwin 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882

By Kennank
  • HMS Beagle Voyage

    HMS Beagle Voyage
    Charles Darwin sailed around the world aboard the HMS Beagle as a naturalist. This was an extremely important voyage because it led Darwin to make a lot of scientific and philosophical advancements in the years following his voyage. The 5-year journey led him “to complete the Copernican Revolution by drawing out for biology the notion of nature as a lawful system of matter in motion.” (Ayala)
  • Coral Reefs

    On speaking of coral reefs and atolls Darwin said, “No other work of mine was begun in so deductive a spirit as this” (2015) and this was seen with a paradigm shift, that was later proven true, of Lyell’s work on the changing Earth. Lyell believed that the Earth was changing not with catastrophic instances but with movement over time. Darwin was able to use Lyell’s ideas and decipher the history of Canary Islands and their volcanic rocks. (2008)
  • Natural Selection

    Natural Selection
    Perhaps one of Darwin’s most notable and well-known theories that changed how the world is viewed and how we see the nature all around us is the Theory of Natural Selection. This theory has been a hot topic of debate and philosophers bring up the question “what constitutes proof” that the theory of natural selection is real. Biologists say there is proof all around. (2019) Still a much-contested topic to this day.
  • Descent of Man

    Descent of Man
    Darwin was a prolific writer and created many works to benefit the scientific community and bring to question in the philosophy community. One of his last works and some say his most Naturalistic view was a book named Descent of Man. He breaks down how humans differ from animals and his view is that we do in both brain and body but only by pieces.