Thursday, April 3, 2008

From the Evolution Debate

"I would rather have an ape for an ancestor than a man who ridicules serious scientific discussion." -Thomas Huxley

I'm writing a paper for my history of science class about Darwin, and came across this. It's from a famous debate about evolution at Oxford in 1860 against a man named Wilberforce, and the above was apparently the pinnacle of the debate. Several people gasped, and one woman fainted outright.

God I love history. Even if I have to feel a little sad because I've never been to a scientific debate so intense that people fainted.