Comments & Discussion

Boston University moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (EST) and can only accept comments written in English. Statistics or facts must include a citation or a link to the citation.

There are 4 comments on Darwinian Selection

  1. Just recently I’ve heard a lecture delivered by John van Wyhe, a historian of science at the University of Cambridge, who is a dedicated historian on Darwin’s life and founder and Director of Darwin Online. Van Wyhe’s recent research has challenged the long-held view that Darwin held back or kept his theory secret for 20 years (Darwin’s delay). His talk was about all sorts of misconceptions about Darwin including the most important one that Darwin had intentionally postponed the publication of The Origin of Species, The real reason was that Darwin was extraordinarily busy publishing and completing other projects. He was aware that his theory on evolution was important and that it absolutely had to be published however he has already had commitments and this was the only real reason for a delay, according to scholarly sources that Van Wyhe quoted in sharp contrast to populist ideas. It is disappointing that this play is shown at BU at this time.

  2. Well, Darwin certainly must have been VERY busy! It’s an interesting post, but, really, the play, which I saw last night, does not pretend to be a purely historical account. Peter Parnell takes this bit of history and conceives an epic human canvass to tell a compellingly universal story about the tension between faith and science. Also, it delves into the human experience of grief and awe as well as exploring natural selection as a metaphor in human relationship. Well worth seeing. The audience that attended was riveted. It is thrilling that this play is shown at BU at this time.

  3. I saw the production last night and find myself part of an enrapt audience for a highly engaging and illuminating play.
    The last comment expresses disappointment that the play is being shown. I was delighted by it and hope more get the opportunity to explore its genuine questions of the tension between science and faith, grief and awe, and all the other truly human conundrums that are so potently illuminated in it.

Post a comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *