Evolution got us here and hopefully science will get us out of here

For four weeks now, I’ve been providing a weekly online lesson in Victorian history to two nine year olds who cannot be at school, one a granddaughter and the other the son of a close friend. This week, we covered some developments in science and technology in the Victorian era.

The engineer we looked at was Isambard Kingdom Brunel, while the scientist we discussed was Charles Darwin. Now Darwin, of course, is most famous for his theory of evolution by natural selection involving the survival of the fittest.

We kept it simple for the little ones but, for those of you who are older, you might like to read a short essay which I wrote some time ago on the case for evolution. You can check it out here.

This is not a bad time to remind oursleves of the importance of science and of the need to be guided by the evidence.


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