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Charles Darwin Obituary

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Charles Darwin - Obituary Darwin's Childhood and Education Charles Darwin was born in the city of Shrewsbury, England and was raised as a fifth child by a wealthy family. (His father was a physician and son of Erasmus Darwin, a poet, philosopher and naturalist). Sadly Charles's mother Susannah Wedgewood died when Charles was just eight years old. In 1825, Darwin graduated from the elite school at Shrewsbury. He then attended the University of Edinburgh to study medicine. In 1927 he dropped out and entered the University of Cambridge in order to become a clergyman for the Church of England. There he met Adam Sedgwick and John Stevens Henslow. These two people where influential figures in his life. ...read more.


These islands had plants and animals that are found nowhere else in the world. Darwin was surprised to discover that each island had its own particular kind of tortoise (slight variations). He wanted to find out why this was. When he got home he found that the birds had slightly different features on each island and on the South American mainland and from this observation he developed his theory of natural selection. This theory proposed that although most young animals die, the ones that survive are the ones best suited to their environments and way of life. His theory of evolution is based on this idea .If every now and again an animal is born which has some feature which gives it a survival advantage, it will survive, and so will its offspring with the same features. ...read more.


Darwin's Theory was Expanding on the Theories of Ancient Philosopher The theory of evolution came into view by the re-awakening of ancient materialistic philosophies and became widespread in the 19th century. This philosophy supposes that matter is absolute and infinite. This materialistic philosophy does not hold anything to be real except the matter, so it tries to explain the universe and nature through purely material factors. Since it denies creation right from the start, it puts forward that every being, whether animate or inanimate, appeared without any means of creation, but by mere coincidence and then acquired an order. However, the human mind is organised to comprehend the existence of an organising will wherever it sees an order. Materialistic philosophy, which is contrary to this very basic characteristic of the human mind, produced "the theory of evolution" in the middle of the 19th century. ...read more.

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