On the Origin of Species

Darwin, Charles

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
On the Origin of Species
can we doubt ... that individuals having any advantage, however slight, over others, would have the best chance of surviving and of procreating their kind?' In the Origin of Species (1859) Darwin challenged many of the most deeply held beliefs of the Western world. His insistence on the immense length of the past and on the abundance of life-forms, present and extinct, dislodged man from his central position in creation and called into question the role of the Creator. He showed thatnew species are achieved by natural selection, and that absence of plan is an inherent part of the evolutionary process. Darwin's prodigious reading, experimentation, and observations on his travels fed into his great work, which draws on material from the Galapagos Islands to rural Staffordshire, from English back gardens to colonial encounters. The present edition provides a detailed and accessible discussion of his theories and adds an account of the immediate responses to the book on publication. The resistances as well as the enthusiasms of the first readers cast light on recent controversies, particularly concerning questions of design and descent.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780199219223
Branch Call Number: 576.82 D228o 2008
Characteristics: xxxviii, 394 p. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Beer, Gillian


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Oct 02, 2014
  • Nathan_Bonar_01 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

So if everything came from the theory of Natural Selection, which by the way isn't evolution at all but shows how God has designed creatures to adapt to their environment, how did the possible outcome for genes turn out just right??? I mean really there over 10 to the 2000th(or something like that) possible outcomes for the simple gene in a single celled organism. Also if everything came from the Big Bang, where did the laws of Logic come from? In order to argue for the theory of evolution you first must use Biblical principals. Evolution cannot explain ANYTHING in the essence. Finally, if evplution were true, Mothers would have more than two hands by now!! I agree with pianisthebest1314 in that the book choices are very well done, especially the one by Dr. Jason Lisle!!! I highly encourage any skeptics to read that book and post any questions right here and I will do my best to answer them. Happy researching!! By the way the stat for the possibility's was from one of Ken Ham's conferences.

Sep 01, 2014
  • thesciencegeek13 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I do not agree with ropeacowboy, Darwin did not give ''irrefutable proof'' to back up his claims. Darwin definitely did very well in discussing adaption/natural selection however just because organisms change to suite their environment does not mean that organisms totally transform into different kinds of organisms.

Aug 31, 2014

I did not find this book very scientific, Darwin definitely had quite a bit of knowledge on adaption, but adaption has been affirmed by scientists long before Darwin wrote about it. Since adaption is simply when an animal changes to match the environment, there isn't really any proof to affirm that evolution (that is macro-evolution) has actually occurred. I highly recommend _Evolution Impossible_ by Dr. John F. Ashton and _The Ultimate Proof of Creation_ by Dr. Jason Lisle. Keep researching!
If Darwin were here right now I would ask him this question: how do we know that natural procceses will work in the future as they have in the past?

Jun 26, 2014
  • jeremidoucet rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very interesting. Gives you the information you want in explicit detail.

Jan 24, 2014
  • naturalist rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I agree with Ron@Ottawa that one should avoid the edition with creationist Ray Comfort, the "banana man", but I think that is "The Origin of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition" published by Bridge-Logos Foundation; Anniversary edition in 2009 ISBN-10: 0882709194 ISBN-13: 978-0882709192. So, I hope this EPL catalogue item is different. May I also suggest from the EPL catalogue: The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution

Oct 10, 2012
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

There are so many versions of this book that it is confusing. This particular one is one big, heavy books, with many illustrations. So if you just want to read the text this is not for you. However, if you have the time and want to thumb through many glossy pages filled with photos and graphs, this one is it. It also has some excerpts from Darwin's diary when he was traveling in the tall ship.

Jul 24, 2012

i love the way Darwin's prefrontal lobe is huge. poetic justice: both the great apes and the great genius have protruding brows.

Jun 07, 2012
  • humbleworm rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is one of those classics that few people have actually read or would want to. Darwin's writing style dithers and hedges, but you have to bear in mind that he was proposing as radical a paradigm shift for his time as heliocentricism was in the 16th century with far greater implications. He essentially sat on his theory for a couple of decades before rushing to publish ahead of contemporaries who were reaching the same conclusions.

Aug 27, 2011
  • ropeacowboy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Charles Darwin is very persuasive, so if you a firm believer of God, I strongly suggest to steer clear, because it sort of blows up the whole divine question.

This author uses irrefutable proof to back up his theory, and the evidence is quite fascinating. You will learn something from this book, if if you already believe in evolution.

His example are broad. Don't forget, this is from a man who practically traveled the world documenting species. Read through the redundant parts with respect this is his life's work in the palm of your hand.

Also remember the time period in which this book was written. This was before genetic research and DNA were discovered. This is before hybridism was broadly understood. His work is outstanding for his time.

Keep in mind that he is still restricted to the technology of his time. Read his words and have the satisfaction of filling in the holes mentally with modern evidence, completing his theory.


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Jul 16, 2008
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