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Happy Birthday Charles

Last night I was thinking about Charles Darwin and Black History Month while reading the New York Times Book Review section (yes my multitasking can lead to interesting combinations) and what should appear before my wondering eyes but a headline, "Charles Darwin, Abolitionist". The review was of a book called "Darwin's Sacred Cause: How Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin's Views of Human Evolution." Turns out Darwin hated the slave trade and was a strong supporter of the "sacred cause" of abolition.

Who knew?


That's nice. Too bad he supported the class system, which still exists today in all "civilized" societies, so that his own class would be free to explore ideas without the distraction of the drudgery of real work. He actually expressed that!

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