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1882 Darwin et al Reason against Unreason

1882 Darwin et al Reason against Unreason

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Puck Magazine chromolithograph by J. Keppler - American publication, German language edition, with English text drawn in cartoon. The text translates as "reason versus unreason". A particularly fierce polarization of the dispute between science and religion - clearly in the camp of the scientists (Darwin would surely not have enjoyed such an inflammatory representation however). Scientists of the past and present, lead by Darwin (who died 1882), flanked by Tyndall and Huxley, are seen in the "light of reason" from which a variety of orthodox figures seek shade under the umbrella of "supernaturalism", "bigotry" and "fanatacism". In the corners are vignettes that push the message home. Top left, of a baby being garlanded by "free will", "memory" and "Understanding". Bottom right Christian religious figures blinding and deafening a subject while "superstition" is poured into his head.

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