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Darwin in a global context

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  • UserProfessor Jim Secord and Professor John Parker
  • ClockTuesday 10 March 2009, 20:00-21:00
  • HouseUniversity Centre.

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Professor Jim Secord and Professor John Parker will consider Darwin’s specimens in a global context. His collections were part of a river of specimens that flowed into Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries, resulting in evolutionary controversy that emerged in the new media of the first great age of global communication. Debates about ‘Darwinism’ became central to economic and intellectual modernisation. Was it possible to adopt the economic benefits of science, without adopting its potential consequences for traditional religion?

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