Charles Darwin first published his ideas on evolution over 150 years ago. In those 150 years we have come to understand the complexity of life, and many new scientific fields have shed light on the question of the validity of Darwin's evolutionary hypothesis. Few people have actually read the works of Darwin, and if they did they might be shocked to read some of Darwin's ideas. In this, we will take a look at what Darwin and other early evolutionists believed and how those ideas have changed over time. Darwin was wrong on many points, and there would be few who would disagree with this claim. But if Darwin was wrong on some points, does that mean that the entire hypothesis of evolution is proven wrong?
What Is Evolution?
Like many words, evolution has many different uses depending on its context. The general concept of the word is "change over time." In that sense, one might say that a butterfly evolves from an egg to a caterpillar to a winged butterfly and a child evolves into an adult. There is no disputing that individual organisms change over time. However, using the word in this way is quite misleading for the origins debate. Darwin's hypothesis involves a very different concept.
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