We isolated audio clips in which Moore talks about evolution versus intelligent design, shared Evangelical backgrounds, and even Malthus and population theory. And we bring you a background interview with geneticist Lindon Eaves, as well as a live discussion about Darwin from the American Museum of Natural History.
We'll take a fresh and thought-provoking look at Darwin's life and ideas. He did not argue against God but against a simple understanding of the world — its beauty, its brutality, and its unfolding creation.
On Being has worked with Cambridge University Library to present a narrated tour of Darwin's private notebooks and hand sketches with one of the few scholars who knows it best, David Kohn. You can zoom in tight on high-resolution images, listen to a scholar tell you more about why Darwin was writing the selected passages, and read the transcript of Darwin's cryptic handwriting!
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This elevation map of a coral reef island is a hand-drawn water-color sketch by Charles Darwin, date unknown.
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Moore has co-authored several books about Charles Darwin, including Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist. He's been researching and teaching Darwin for more than 30 years in Cambridge, England.
Kohn is Oxnam Professor Emeritus of Science and Society at Drew University and editor of the Darwin Digital Library of Evolution at the American Museum of Natural History Library.
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