What was the public's reaction to Darwin?

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Brandon Lortz

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What was the public's reaction to Darwin?
« on: 17/04/2009 14:30:01 »
Brandon Lortz  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
I would like to ask you about the after affects of Darwin's research like
what was the general public's reaction to his research and what people today
think about his research?

What do you think?

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What was the public's reaction to Darwin?
« Reply #1 on: 17/04/2009 14:45:26 »
I dare say the general public's reaction was a mixture of everything. Most likely it is the same today.

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What was the public's reaction to Darwin?
« Reply #2 on: 17/04/2009 15:02:38 »
Darwin was rightly concerned that he would be branded a lunatic, blasphemer or some such type. The church preached creation and the vast majority followed the church.

To day more & more people are coming around to Darwin's theory, though there are still some religious fanatics and purists who condemn Darwin and his theory out of hand despite the evidence which Darwin gave to support his theory and many others have added to since.

I was born into the Christian faith and was taught from the Bible of the creation. It is hard to understand that at my time in school and even today this continues without due regard for evolution. I had to find out about Darwin's theory off my own back. Perhaps that is one of the reasons I turned my back on religion.
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What was the public's reaction to Darwin?
« Reply #3 on: 17/04/2009 22:52:19 »
As the others have said, the initial reactions were mixed, just as they are today.  I get the general impression though, that proportions of people who agreed and disagreed with it have just about reversed since it was first proposed.
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« Reply #4 on: 20/04/2009 19:40:49 »
I think the sad thing is that 'the public' think that Darwin's Theory is the sum total of what is known today about Evolution. They seem to have no idea about all the confirmatory evidence and new mechanisms which have emerged in the 100yrs since.