Darwin's Papers Digitized

The largest release of famed biologist Charles Darwin's papers is coming online to darwin-online.org.uk, comprising some 20,000 items and 90,000 images, according to the organizers from Cambridge University Library which holds all the Darwin papers. The collection includes thousands of notes and drafts of his scientific writings, notes from the voyage of the Beagle when he began to formulate his controversial theory of evolution, and his first recorded doubts about the permanence of species; among them is his first draft of "On The Origin Of Species". It also contains photographs of Darwin and his family, newspaper clippings, reviews of his books and much more.

"This release makes his private papers, mountains of notes, experiments, and research behind his world-changing publications available to the world for free," said John van Wyhe, director of the project. "His publications have always been available in the public sphere - but these papers have until now only been accessible to scholars."

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Yea, now maybe some people will decided to actually read it instead of blabbering on and on about something they have no clue about.

If you want to put your belief in a court of man that's fine-man has always tried to legislate his Creator out of existence. Only our modern arrogance and attitude toward Creationism has changed. To be of the world today means you have to denounce a belief in anything except yourself. Science is interesting but is not as important as everyone tries to make it out to be especially since it has such wide gaps that it can only explain "by chance". By chance the big bang happened and by chance matter that formed the earth and by chance water formed and by chance a cell formed and by chance..... That's what I was subjected to in school and even today it doesn't make sense. If it makes you feel superior to believe that you were formed by chance out of a mutating dino-turd than more power to you. Ooops I forgot, it's politically incorrect to talk about atheists in a critical way whatsoever. My bad.

Oh, don't worry about being "politically incorrect" ...I'd be more worried about being an ignorant, you know, just ...by chance.

(DATmafia said @ #6)
If you want to put your belief in a court of man that's fine-man has always tried to legislate his Creator out of existence. Only our modern arrogance and attitude toward Creationism has changed. To be of the world today means you have to denounce a belief in anything except yourself. Science is interesting but is not as important as everyone tries to make it out to be especially since it has such wide gaps that it can only explain "by chance". By chance the big bang happened and by chance matter that formed the earth and by chance water formed and by chance a cell formed and by chance..... That's what I was subjected to in school and even today it doesn't make sense. If it makes you feel superior to believe that you were formed by chance out of a mutating dino-turd than more power to you. Ooops I forgot, it's politically incorrect to talk about atheists in a critical way whatsoever. My bad.

heard the same comments on a cnn documentary about the ID court case in dover? (USA)
sorry but there is no proof at all that some god made us all
oh and which god ? which one from what country/religion created us all ?

it has been sad that Darwin himself didnt LIKE his OWN views on "ID" but he accepted it as a scientist why ?

As a Mutated Dino-Turn myself i like to think im objective and am willing to look at facts
and make a decision based on the information available at the time ..yeah i know im craaaazy lol
i disagree with an army of christians fabricating scientific information to further the population of their cult.

Anyways dont worry about the atheists you BETTER be worried about the other Cults your competing with.
They proclaim theirs is true and then the next guy does and so on and so on..
and how does the usualy work out ?
lets wonder how many people have been murdered because of a church in ALL of history ?
"Kill in the name of god" has over 1.5 million hits on google.

whats disturbing is the court case over Darwin's comments has shown what lengths
these people will go to presuade you to join their cult..
if my Dino-Turd ass is gonna join a cult im goin for that one where i can have 100 wives lol

(PatrickNC said @ #6.1)
Oh, don't worry about being "politically incorrect" ...I'd be more worried about being an ignorant, you know, just ...by chance. :blink:

I'm not worried about that one bit-to have an opinion that goes against the mainstream is to take a calculated risk that to most of the world deems ignorant. I'm not advocating one belief over another or one religion over another. I just felt compelled to point out that some of the best minds in the world believe some of the strangest things in the name of science. It's not finger pointing-however I'm not willing to believe in science or man over a Creator (whom I call God). If you call that ignorant than yes-I'm ignorant. But one thing I'm confident of that you never hear scientists talk about is life after death. It might seem like a retarded concept in the land of the living but when we pass away I'd much rather know I tried my best to believe and follow my heart than to just live for following my desires alone. Do you honestly have absolutely no fear of death or dying?

Of course I have fears and doubts, but as an atheist, I don't betray my reasoning and/or bend facts and science so that my "heart" is at peace. I find it very weak minded and childish to sucumb to religious fantasies and unfounded promises of an after-life. As an atheist, I question everything, ...science and religion.

And by the way, I don't live "by my desires alone". people that don't practice a religion are not heart-less, amoral people. We have principles, and I assure you, way more than those 10 you preach to every Sunday. And yes, I also have faith, ...in me, in people and society as a whole.

Oh well, ....waaaaay off topic conversation for a tech site.

(Excuse my English babling. still learning the language.)

(PatrickNC said @ #6.4)
Of course I have fears and doubts, but as an atheist, I don't betray my reasoning and/or bend facts and science so that my "heart" is at peace. I find it very weak minded and childish to sucumb to religious fantasies and unfounded promises of an after-life. As an atheist, I question everything, ...science and religion.

And by the way, I don't live "by my desires alone". people that don't practice a religion are not heart-less, amoral people. We have principles, and I assure you, way more than those 10 you preach to every Sunday. And yes, I also have faith, ...in me, in people and society as a whole.

Oh well, ....waaaaay off topic conversation for a tech site.

(Excuse my English babling. still learning the language.)

Of course. Atheists, agnostics, and the like, tend to be far more moral on average than theists since to them this is our only life and we have to make the best of it while theists can just ask for forgiveness and get into heaven.... Our morality is based on reason while theirs is based on fear and punishment.

In this case it can. The main proponent of ID, Dr. Behe, was caught in perjury when he had to admit that much of what he claimed of it was made up.

(Foub said @ #4.1)
In this case it can. The main proponent of ID, Dr. Behe, was caught in perjury when he had to admit that much of what he claimed of it was made up.
he would have gone too far with "ID is not science" if the ID people weren't trying to prove that it was, but since they did try, it's fair game.

I take it that you're being sarcastic....... After all ID has been proven not to be science in a court of law.

My favorite Darwin quote from Darwin's work The Descent of Man
"Thus man has ultimately become superior to woman."

Now I don't believe this to be true but Darwin did, and most people mistake all his work for truth.

Just a thought.

Well, he was a product of his time..... Much of what he said otherwise was later proven to be true. During that time the Church didn't even believe that women had souls.