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darwin5 picI must confess that I have not been diligent with regards this form of communication recently. I have been much preoccupied in these higher regions of space/time existence with discourse amongst my fellow explorers from every sphere of science and every era concerning the way the universe is unfolding, which proves to be an endlessly fascinating topic. In truth the petty problems of planet earth seem so irrelevant when compared to such larger matters, and, as my dear wife and my good friend Alfred Wallace have so often reiterated, nothing much seems to change there for the better. Humanity is still absorbed in its primitive struggles and its foolish dogmas, and if I am honest I grow weary of observing such naive goings on. The present preoccupations there seem to concern the endlessly futile clash of east and west ideologies, and also vociferous discussion about so-called climate change. I’m not sure which of those matters is the more pointless. To be sure there is vague relevance in both subjects, but if only humanity was able to foresee the much vaster developments ahead of it, which are going to obliterate all need to worry about either, then a great deal of time and hot air (of every kind) would be saved!
Ah well I must leave this now. I have a fascinating meeting scheduled with Aristotle, Wittgenstein, Albert Camus, and Nelson Mandela (newly arrived amongst us) concerning the definition of perfection. It promises to be quite heated!

I realise that this is a constant topic of mine, almost to the point of tedium – but looking down on planet earth from my exalted position I have to wonder at the lack of progress in solving mankind’s dilemmas since our own time there. To be sure there have been many wondrous inventions and innovations, which would appear to have made the physical business of existing easier.Darwin young e fundamental matters the same problems seem to persist. The constant battle against diseases and infections (with which my poor husband was so familiar) goes on, although the diseases themselves are different. The war against tyranny, fanaticism, terrorism does not appear to diminish, even though the perpetrators go by different names and different dogmas. The question of inequality in society is ever present, even more so now than then.DARWIN pic colour from the highest to the lowest, is still a defining characteristic of the human race. I mentioned this to Charles and asked him how this fitted with his theory of evolution. His answer was as ever, ‘Time, time, Emma. Evolution is a matter of millennia, not just a few years. But you can see that in matters of health, welfare, and even morality, there are signs of progress amongst the most advanced societies.’

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Religious Belief By Charles Darwin...

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This is an extract from:
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin
During these two years I was led to think much about religion. Whilst on board the Beagle I was quite orthodox, and I remember being heartily laughed at by several of the officers (though themselves orthodox) for quoting the Bible as an unanswerable authority on some point of morality. I suppose it was the noveltry of the argument that amused them. But I had gradually come, by this time, to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow at sign, etc

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