Lecture: Fuegians, Not Finches

Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:00PM - 1:30PM • Calendars: Lectures

Location: 131 Decio Hall

The Philip S. and Joan C. Endowment for Excellence in the History of Medicine presents “Fuegians, Not Finches,” a presentation by Jim Moore, The Open University.

“Popular preoccupation with the biography of the Galapagos Islands in the history of Darwin’s science has deflected attention from other sites that enabled him to work towards a theory of evolution during the voyage of HMS Beagle. This lecture seeks to convert the Galapagos preoccupation into a focus on Tierra del Fuego where—far more than in the Galapagos—Darwin had experiences leading to radically destabilizing thoughts that steeled him to devote his life to solving the “mystery of mysteries,” the “origin of species.”