Category Archives: Darwin

Metamorphosis and Mirrors

[Please Note: This text contains minor spoilers for the 2017 television series “Twin Peaks: The Return.”] The season finale of “Twin Peaks: The Return” earlier this month created a seismic ripple amongst David Lynch devotees of the Internet. The proliferation of detail-obsessed fan theories, wikis in at least six languages, and thoughtful analytic pieces speaks […] Continue reading

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Natural or Unnatural Selection?: Darwin and the evolutionary success of genetically engineered species in Bacigalupi’s Windup Girl

“Emiko doesn’t meet his gaze, looks out instead at the circling cats amongst the diners. ‘Generippers learned too much from cheshires” (114). `~ Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl I recently heard an undergraduate biomedical eng… Continue reading

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Leaping Across Evolutionary Niches in The Windup Girl

In his science fiction novel The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi imagines a world in which certain types of genetic information have become scarce commodities, tracked down by the intrigues of global companies and hoarded in top-security seedbanks. Genet… Continue reading

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Evolving the Human Successor: Imperfect Perfection in Oryx and Crake

“These are floor models. They represent the art of the possible,” explains Crake to a skeptical Jimmy as Jimmy is introduced to the life-blood of the Paradice Project (Atwood 305). The Crakers are human-animal splices that have been created by Crak… Continue reading

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Recuperating Darwin: Is there anything left to offer?

Put frankly, I am perhaps a poor candidate to write a blog post addressing Darwin. Upon reading On the Origin of Species, I felt just as unwilling to recuperate and entertain Darwin’s theories of natural selection and evolution as I thought I would. … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Hunger Games: Reading Darwin in the Twenty-First Century

As a Victorianist with a primary interest in the natural sciences and a secondary interest in contemporary speculative fiction, my research and thinking is constantly plagued by the question: how can we use Darwin today? Darwin’s influence on the Vic… Continue reading

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Lost & Maybe Found?

I think we’ve lost it -our true purpose as writers, scientists, students, or whatever title you feel suits your calling. I say we, and place myself in a position of high guilt, because I didn’t even realize something was missing until I read “Ship Fever” by Andrea Barrett. The novella details the 1847 Typhus epidemic. […] Continue reading

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Creationism vs. Evolution – Today’s Debate

Reading the end of Darwin’s Origin of Species reminded me of the recent debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham about the scientific validity of evolutionary theory. It defies explanation that there are still people who defiantly refuse to accept the validity of evolution. Not only has there been extensive research, but it is the […] Continue reading

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Darwin’s Narrow View of Foreign People

In my Global Africa class we have recently been discussing the worldwide slave trade which, in the mid to late 19th century, morphed into colonialism on the African continent.  Our professor has been very thorough in outlining all of the factors which contributed to the subjugation of Africans.  Many of the ideas about Africans which […] Continue reading

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Subjective Civilization

This YouTube video illustrates some of the surprising ways people can offend each other through differing cultural perspectives. Think about a time when this has happened to you. Have you ever accidentally offended someone in another culture as a tourist in a foreign country? Or have you ever made an incorrect assumption about a person […] Continue reading

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