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I, Charles Darwin: Being the Journal of His Visitation to Earth in the Year 2009 Paperback – October 15, 2011

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Wheatmark (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604946458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604946451
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,043,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a 20th century-centered historian with a graduate background in Modern Europe and Germany. My book publications include histories about the major modernization and doctrinal reforms of the American Army following Vietnam, published by United States Army Historical Programs, together with over 75 book reviews and articles in newspapers and national commentary, literary, and military journals. I've also published over 30 short stories in American literary magazines and collections, which are placed in contexts of the major events and ideas that formed the 20th-early 21st century world. Two of my fiction books, "Out of the Riven Century" and "The Black Box: Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud," are collections of stories about seekers confronted by the unexpected deleterious consequences of the great idea-systems that formed the late-modern mind. They are stories that attempt to answer the "Great Why" of the 20th century--why the "sunny posterity of the Enlightenment philosophers" unfolded two centuries later in an age of violence on an unprecedented scale marked by new, totalitarian mass-murder regimes and global wars. My most recent book, "I, Charles Darwin: Being the Journal of His Visitation to Earth in the Year 2009," deals specifically with the wider historical impact of Darwinian evolutionary naturalism as well as the crisis posed to neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory by the ongoing molecular biological revolution's powerful sub-cellular information based evidence pointing to an intelligent design of life transcending material cause. "I, Charles Darwin" was adapted as a spoken word radio drama and widely podcast and produced as a CD album in 2013 by the Center for Science and Culture of the Discovery Institute, Seattle, Washington.

I also write lighter stories conceived to depict characters confronted by unusual or strange, uncanny events, some of which are in the realm of humor. They are published in my collection "Witches of Devon" and in a novel set in the postwar 1940s, "Merry Town, Missouri."

Many of my stories are modelled structurally as narrative dramas, based on the structure of the German Novelle. They are stories in which a striking event or some thing strange or uncanny occurs that places the story's character in an unexpected situation he is compelled to face. I like to write stories about human problems and conflicts beyond the small, domestic mundane world, stories placed in the larger historical contexts of the times in which we live. My stories, serious and humorous, are intended to dramatize the fierce contradictions that assail the modern mind at the turn of the new millennium.

I was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in a small town, Macon, in north Missouri. After a hitch in the Cold War U.S. Army in Germany, I graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia and studied history on a Fulbright in Heidelberg, Germany and at the University of California, Berkeley. A witness to the grand failure of human perfectibility doctrine in the emancipated 20th century to eliminate Original Sin, I am a believing Christian and a voting conservative. I am married and have four beloved descendants.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
2009 was designated as the year of Charles Darwin. It was the 200th anniversary of his birth, and the 150th anniversary of the first edition of Origin of Species, a book that changed the nature of scientific inquiry. Numerous studies of Darwin appeared in and around 2009. Nickell John Romjue's book is a little late to the party, but it offers a unique premise. What would Darwin think of the celebration of his name and work if he were around to see it?

I, Charles Darwin, is a journal of Darwin's visit to earth in 2009. It includes reflections on the history of 20th century science and politics, and the state of rsearch in biology and other sciences. Romjue, a talented historian, manages to find Darwin's voice and his writing in this brief novella closely matches Darwin's own style. Indeed, Romjue seemlessly blends in Darwin's actual words with "his" modern reflections. He also captures the "public" Darwin well: a man loved his dogs, children, and wife, valued scientific inquiry for its own sake, and had a great deal of empathy for his fellow man. There is some historical evidence that Darwin, like all people, had a darker side, but Romjue's Darwin gives us Darwin at his best.

And what does Darwin feel about his experience on earth in 2009? Some of his reflections might seem rather predictable. Ever modest, Darwin is humbled to find his resting place in Westminster Abbey near Newton. He is a little distraught to find that he has become something of an icon and an apostle of what amounts to a new religion. He is saddened to find that Hitler misused some of his ideas, but he is even more distressed by his late 20th century admirers (Daniel Dennet is referenced, but not explicitly named) who see in his work a "universal solvent" of intellectual ideas.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David on February 4, 2012
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This is an excellent short read of what has happened with Darwin's "Idea" since he proposed it and the ramifications it has had since. From Darwin's perspective upon his return to life on Earth in 2009, he provides insight into unintentional consequences.
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