The Darwin Trilogy

The Fundamental Importance of Darwin

Darwin was one of the most influential thinkers of our time and had a profound influence on the life sciences. The Darwin Centenary was in 2009 and with it came a need to acknowledge and celebrate his contribution, not only to science, but to humanity.

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What is the origin of the Darwin Trilogy?

John Anderson studied Darwin as part of his life long investigation of the 250 individuals, in the sciences, arts and governance, who have been central to driving Western civilisation from 1000-2000  AD. He wrote the Darwin Trilogy around 2009 to celebrate the Darwin centenary.

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How the Trilogy is presented

The Darwin Trilogy includes:


  • Nothing by ere authority’ (article on the sciences & religion, published 2008);
  • ‘I am so utterly destitute of an ear’ (play on Darwin & the arts);
  • ‘Synchrodestiny, Coincidence & Consilience’ (historical short story around Darwin, in draft).

According to Wikipedia “Charles Robert DarwinFRS FRGS FLS FZS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.

Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species. By the 1870s, the scientific community and much of the general public had accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed in which natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. In modified form, Darwin’s scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life.”


Why Gondwana Alive supports the dissemination of the Darwin Trilogy?

Darwin was instrumental in explaining the diversity of life Gondwana Alive strives to protect through our call for stewardship, development of stewardship capacity and support of stewardship practice.

How does Gondwana Alive supports the work of the Darwin Trilogy?

Through promotion and dissemination of the Trilogy.

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