It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.
Sloth. Unfortunately not about certain species of tree-dwelling mammals. That would be more interesting.
Anyone else get "finish line fever" with big books? p1000 seems to have triggered it in me but there's still 80p to go.
Questions of evolution, psychology and ethics. Questions that provoke fierce debate even 140 years later.
Arguments about race: some people can't let go of the idea that white Europeans must be intrinsically superior...
"Homycide", "manslaughte" and "murdre." I'm surprised at how old the former two terms are.
Also, "accursed Jews." Disappointing despite knowing that this was the prevailing prejudice of Christian Europe at the time.
...wish you a happy Holiday!
Bernardo Bellotto made many prints (copper plate etchings) esp. of his Dresden paintings. These were very popular and were used by the Royal Family as gifts - further indicators of Royal prestige.
My appreciation of these letters on human evolution is somewhat hampered by my not having (yet) read The Descent of Man. He avoided this topic in Origin of Species but the implication was rapidly perceived.
Wallace mentions an example of "group selection," (doesn't use the term). This has been a contentious modern issue. Gould-Eldredge camp in favour. Dawkins camp against. (Natural history vs biochemistry.)
From geographical distribution to "Man." Presumably Woman was created from Man's spare rib after he evolved from an ancestor primate...