Saturday, February 16, 2013

Between Darwin and Lincoln

It's a neglected curiosity of history that two of our most monumental figures shared a birthday as well  as a driving dream of human progress. We're between their respective holidays today-- Darwin Day just behind us, Presidents' Day just ahead-- so it's a good time to remind ourselves of their convergent aspirations for us all.

Charles Darwin & Abe Lincoln were born on the very same day in 1809. Darwin was more than a little interested in the slavery  issue. Adrian Desmond & James Moore contend that this was a prime motive in his evolutionary researches. Darwin's Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin's Views on Human Evolution. Darwin and Lincoln shared common roots and an "abhorrence of racial servitude and brutality..."

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