Impact of Charles Darwin
Impact of Charles Darwin - How Did He Impact the World?
The impact of Charles Darwin is still evident around the globe. Darwin was inspired at a young age by Sir Charles Lyell's "Geologic Column." Darwin shared Lyell's geologic presuppositions and applied them to his keen observation of the variations within distinct kinds of plants and animals.
Darwin extrapolated on these observed variations, and shared his hypothesis in the classic work, Origin of Species (1859). In Origin of Species, Darwin set forth the idea that each individual species had evolved from common ancestors. These common ancestors, in turn, evolved from previous common ancestors and so forth all the way to the original single-celled organism, which he supposed had spontaneously generated naturally from inorganic matter.
Thus, he reasoned, the idea of a Creator God was obsolete. This was not an original concept. Many atheists throughout the ages held the same or similar beliefs. However, Darwin brought something new to the old philosophy: a mechanism. Darwin proposed that Natural Selection was the necessary mechanism long sought after, by which complexity could have developed from simplicity.
Impact of Charles Darwin – Insurmountable Hurdles
It wasn't until a century later, with advances in biochemistry, microbiology and genetics, that Darwin's purposed mechanism was shown to be deficient. Natural Selection is now shown to be a conservative process, not a creative process. Nevertheless, Darwin sparked a flame that spread into a wildfire, and despite seemingly insurmountable hurdles such as Irreducible Complexity of biologic systems, the implications of Information Science, and the mathematical improbability of the formation of life spontaneously from inorganic matter, Darwin's theory of evolution has become the dominant paradigm in many western societies.