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The Darwin wars have been fought with too much fury. The dialogue between We need calm and care to negotiate the post-Darwinian landscape

By AS Byatt   November 2000

“It takes… a mind debauched by learning… to ask for the why of any instinctive human act.” William James

There are, i suppose, a great many evolutionary anthropological explanations of why human beings seem to need to divide themselves into opposing camps, and draw lines round who, or what, may be included or excluded. The recent Darwin wars, energetically and provocatively described by Andrew Brown in his book of the same name, are a case in point. There are the Darwinians who believe that human and natural history can be best explained in terms of gradual adaptations of organisms to…

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