Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A man has no reason to be ashamed of having an ape for his grandfather. If there were an ancestor whom I should feel shame in recalling it would rather be a man - a man of restless and versatile intellect - who… plunges into scientific questions with which he has no real acquaintance, only to obscure them by an aimless rhetoric, and distract the attention of his hearers from the real point at issue by eloquent digressions and skilled appeals to religious prejudice.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley, replying to Bishop Samuel Wilberforce during a debate on Darwin's theory of evolution at the meeting of the British Association at Oxford, June 30, 1860.

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