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Mid: Naturalists Rejecting Darwin’s Theory – Richard Bellon

October 8, 2009
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Michigan State University
220 Trowbridge Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States

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Organized by:
Christian Orlic
Email: msu@centerforinquiry.net


Richard Bellon, PhD, will speak about the theories of the naturalists who believed that Darwin’s theory of evolution was not revolutionary, nor was his publication of the Origin of Species. These naturalists believed that no revolution took place in 1858, at least not by the standards of Victorian naturalists (including Darwin himself). The Origin of Species did spark a revolution, but according to these naturalists, it only occurred when Darwin and his allies tied its theory to productive modes of original investigation. His groundbreaking work on fertilization mechanisms in plants, the first explicit post-Origin merging of evolutionary theory with natural history practice, was what revolutionized the scientific debate over species origin.

Free parking is available in MSU Parking Ramp 6 after 6 pm.

About Richard Bellon, PhD


Richard Bellon is an assistant professor in the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University. He studies and teaches the history of science. Two goals currently drive his teaching and research: first, he wants to develop better explanation of the reception of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in the 1860s and 1870s, and second, he aims to uncover and explore the deep historical and philosophical roots of contemporary biotechnology.