Charles Darwin was a genius. His knowledge of biology was unrivalled and his contribution to understanding the diversity of species on this planet is immensely valuable. His Theory of evolution through Natural selection, is not only true, but the work of a genius. His contributions to biology are unrivalled by any other scientist of this field. We must also remember that he derived this Theory through rigorous scientific evidence, the magnitude of which lies in the fact that nothing can disprove evolution. It has stood up to intense scrutiny and scientific research and found to hold true
As I had played a game and read about Charles Darwin its seems that he was both. He tried to master evolution and how to survive on our earth. He used the scientific method with most of his work. I think he was one of the most amazing scientists of his time.
His ability to form a hypothesis, while not unrivaled, was very impressive. He's directly responsible for the most widely accepted theory as to how we ended up how we are to date with nothing to indicate a "better" theory is coming, for that he in my opinion earns the title of genius.
His insights forever advanced our society. He was one of the scientists who discovered they very basis of adaptation and evolution... (Darwin's finches.) In 1859, he published On the Origin of the Species; one of the most widely recognized source of information for the theory of evolution. Darwin’s exposure to specimens all over the globe raised important questions. Other naturalists believed that all species either came into being at the start of the world, or were created over the course of natural history. In either case, the species were believed to remain much the same throughout time. Darwin revolutionized that viewpoint.
Certified genius who knows. What I know is he made scientific hypothesis which flew in the face of the church when the church held incredible sway over the world. Not sure if that makes him a genius but it does show a willingness to think outside of the strict cultural restraints set forth at the time.
A quote from "The Descent of Man", in a chapter called "The Races of Man.", in which Darwin wrote:
"At some future period not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes...Will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest Allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as the baboon, instead of as now between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla" (1874, p. 178)
Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf
"The stronger must rule; it must not unite with the weaker, thus sacrificing its own stature. Only the born weakling can think this cruel, and that is why he is a weak and defective man; for if this law did not hold, any conceivable evolution of organic living things would be unthinkable." (p. 278)
"Always struggle is a means to improve the health and stamina of the species, and thus a cause of its evolution.
By any other process all development and evolution would cease, and the very reverse would take place. "(p. 278)
"But little as Nature wishes a mating of weaker with stronger individuals, still less does she want the fusion of a higher with a lower race, since otherwise the whole labor of selective evolution, perhaps through thousands of years, would be set at naught. (p. 279)
“Darwinism by itself did not produce the Holocaust, but without Darwinism... Neither Hitler nor his Nazi followers would have had the necessary scientific underpinnings to convince themselves and their collaborators that one of the worlds greatest atrocities was really morally praiseworthy.”
― Richard Weikart, From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany
Stalin stated that he became an atheist upon reading the Origin of Species
His contributions are fine and all but to be labelled genius there is that something extra you need to bring and sadly I dont see that in Darwin. Maybe its just for me but his name doesn't fit beside the likes of Da Vinci. He was a smart man with good contribution but I wouldn't label that as genius
Charles Darwin mislabeled a lot of his specimens. He had no real knowledge on any subject, and he borrowed most of his info and called it his own. He was certainly not a genius. Even without considering the fact that his greatest life's work is bunk, he was a crazy kook.
I believe he was simply another example of a scientist who followed the scientific method. He observed, examined and came to a conclusion which logically made sense. A conclusion which started to be proven more and more in the later coming centuries. I think he is a prime example of scientists who worked hard and did it right.