Sunday, 12 December 2010

Bizarre marker

I stumbled across this rather bizarre marker stone on my travels last week. It was one of several in Caledonian Park in London (Google maps link here).

I suspect Mr Darwin was a man with some time on his hands...

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10 comments:

  1. For the sake of completeness:

    "It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. . .

    There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone circling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved."

    — Charles Darwin

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  2. Yeh, but they would have needed a (much) bigger stone.

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  3. Was Darwin an elitist and a plagiarist? He had some pretty interesting family connections, or so I have been told. Not all is as it seems.

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  4. It never is, but non-specific, out-of-historical-context denunciations, Chinese whispers and rumour-mongering without proof are the stuff of the internet, aren't they Anonymous?

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  5. Hey Universal Head. Thanks for your contribution. Can you tell me why people such as you get so uneasy, and even aggressive, when your own State sponsored 'world view', is challenged in even the mildest way? Have you heard of Alfred Wallace? Have you looked up Darwin's 'family tree', for yourself, or was your response just, 'Pavlovian', in the required manner? Have you heard of Lamark, and if so, have you been trained to laugh at the mention of his name in this context, (in the required manner)? Just asking! I am not doing your homework for you.

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  6. Now now, boys (or girls), I am all for healthy debate but let's keep this civil.

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  7. Sorry Tammy, signing off this thread now. Wish I was State sponsored, I could do with the money! :)

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  8. OK Reality can be a bit scary when it clumsily intrudes.

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  9. Oh Yes, And merry Christmas everyone.

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