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Reads tagged with “Charles Darwin”

Darwin’s Battle with Anxiety
Darwin’s Battle with Anxiety

A posthumous diagnosis of the paralyzing mental malady that afflicted one of humanity’s greatest minds.

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Emma Darwin’s Stirring Love Letter to Charles
Emma Darwin’s Stirring Love Letter to Charles

“I feel in my inmost heart your admirable qualities & feelings & all I would hope is that you might direct them upwards.”

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The Rap Guide to Evolution: Baba Brinkman’s Homage to Darwin
The Rap Guide to Evolution: Baba Brinkman’s Homage to Darwin

Dropping rhymes on the natural selection of reason.

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Darwin’s Daily Routine
Darwin’s Daily Routine

“Darwin made a point of replying to every letter he received, even those from obvious fools or cranks.”

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When Charles Darwin Hated Everybody
When Charles Darwin Hated Everybody

A necessary reminder that even geniuses have their despondent days.

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Charles Darwin on Family, Work, and Happiness
Charles Darwin on Family, Work, and Happiness

“Children are one’s greatest happiness, but often & often a still greater misery. A man of science ought to have none.”

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Scandal, Censorship, Science: How Darwin Shaped Our Understanding of Why Language Exists
Scandal, Censorship, Science: How Darwin Shaped Our Understanding of Why Language Exists

What The Origin of Species and the love of dogs reveal about comprehension and cognition.

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Darwin’s Life, Adapted in Poems by His Great-Great-Granddaughter
Darwin’s Life, Adapted in Poems by His Great-Great-Granddaughter

“He is the most transparent man I ever saw and most affectionate.”

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A Graphic Biography of Darwin
A Graphic Biography of Darwin

The evolution of the father of evolution, illustrated.

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Charles Darwin’s List of the Pros and Cons of Marriage
Charles Darwin’s List of the Pros and Cons of Marriage

“My God, it is intolerable to think of spending one’s whole life, like a neuter bee, working, working, & nothing after all.”

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