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On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: or the Preservation of Favoured Races in The Struggle for Life (First Edition) Paperback – November 24, 1859
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About the Author
Charles Darwin was an English naturalist and author best-known for his revolutionary theories on the origin of species, human evolution, and natural selection. A life-long interest in the natural world led Darwin to neglect his medical studies and instead embark on a five-year scientific voyage on the HMS Beagle, where he established his reputation as a geologist and gathered much of the evidence that fuelled his later theories.A prolific writer, Darwin s most famous published works include The Voyage of the Beagle, On the Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, and The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals. Darwin died in 1882, and in recognition of his contributions to science, is buried in Westminster Abbey along with John Herschel and Isaac Newton.
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Published in 1859 initially, this was the defining publication for Darwin's life's work. It is no wonder. After reading it for the first time, I had to admit that anyone against evolution likely has never read the book, however they may be educated. His arguments are very cautious, cogent, detailed, and persuasive. All of the arguments I ever heard against evolution, he introduces in this work as possible detriments to his theory, then soundly quashes every one of those arguments with pages of reasons and examples for why those arguments are untenable, and in a completely humble and careful manner.
An example is the "irreducible complexity" of the eye. He gives examples of various stages of organs of sight that exist in the living world, from very complex, as with ours, down to stalks with the most primitive sensing organs that can only tell the difference between light and dark, and shows the relation from one stage to another. He also wonders what we are to do with animals with vestigial eyes, such as moles, with eyes covered in skin and hair in many instances.
It is suspected, after reading this work, how little it is read by Christian and ID apologists. It is also seen how sound evolution is, and though Darwin did not originate the idea - as many scientists before and during his time knew there had to be something like it - he is the one that carefully examined and put forth a workable mechanism - Natural Selection.