Beginning with the concept of God and the origin of the universe, the author contends that some creative writers like Thomas Henry Huxley
, nicknamed Darwin's 'bulldog,' wanted to replace the old Christian theology with the new scientific theology of Darwinism.
Hale provides a nice account of Wallace's often overlooked address to London's Anthropological Society that attempted to reconcile its avowed polygenism with the monogenism espoused in Darwin and Thomas Henry Huxley
's Ethnological Society.
Among the topics are Alexander the Great's confidence in his physician Philip of Acarnania, Maimonides, Ambrose Pare as an apprentice barber-surgeon in a busy shop in Paris, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Thomas Henry Huxley
, Dieflafoy with his assistants and students during a lecture at the Hftel-Dieu, and the Eagle simulator for training anesthesia students at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.
The word agnostic owes its origin to a particular occasion on the evening of April 21, 1869, when it was coined by the English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley
at an organizational meeting of the Metaphysical Society.
He surveys the development of this widespread mythos from Hesiod to Thomas Henry Huxley
to present-day environmental disasters.
Thomas Henry Huxley
, one of Darwin's strongest advocates, proposed a close relationship between birds and small, meat-eating dinosaurs, or theropods.
Next Lessl transports the reader into the world of nineteenth-century English biologist and anatomist Thomas Henry Huxley
, a contemporary of Darwin.
Darwin's "solution" to the dilemma posed by his own theory was, ultimately, the same position held by his "bulldog," Thomas Henry Huxley
, who coined the word "agnostic," and John Stuart Mill, the famous l9th-century philosopher and staunch defender of Utilitarianism.
According to Thomas Henry Huxley
, in fact, science was extremely useful in the very material products it could furnish to the individual in everyday life, in the simple occasions of his daily actions.
"Thomas Henry Huxley
and Religion." Essays in Popular Science.
Describing their subjects' lives, careers, writings, and ideas, the profiles are arranged chronologically, from Thomas Henry Huxley
, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Clarence Darrow, through Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Gore Vidal, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hutchins.
Priests were, however, the bane of more scholarly individuals like Thomas Henry Huxley
and were largely forced out of the new "professional" scientific societies by midcentury.