Review: Origin of Species, 6th edition

Origins impresses me as the labor of a supremely gifted naturalist unaware of his deficiencies as a scientist. His strategy to validate his claims is invariably to amass illustrations.  "To treat this subject properly a long list of dry facts ought to be given." "This subject... can be treated properly only by giving long catalogues of facts." The great mass of examples he provides  in support of his claims can tend to disguise the thinness of his arguments but it can't by itself validate them. Full review.

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