Darwin sought to not only produce a new scientific truth, but also to put an end to polygenism, the current scientific discourse on human origins that gave tacit and at times explicit support for slavery: ‘... when the principle of evolution is generally accepted, as it surely will be before long, the dispute between the monogenists and polygenists will die a silent and unobserved death.’ (Charles Darwin, Descent of Man, p. 235)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

John Glassie with Leonard Lopate on Athanasius Kircher


A Man of Misconceptions  
Monday, December 10, 2012

John Glassie speaks with Lenny Lopate about his book on Athanasius Kircher  
A Man of Misconceptions: The life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change.

Engraving of Vesuvius by Kircher from his Mundus Subterraneus

see also the Earth Observatory:
"Happy birthday, Athanasius Kircher April 30th, 2012 by Michon Scott"