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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlAmerica View Post
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    Sorry, didnt understand the thread as 'existing only in' the last 1000 years.

    Most wars, political issues and division among people stem around money or religion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GZA View Post
    How influential are playwrites?
    I imagine it depends on how dull the plays are. For example, dull plays usually are the ones that become famous (like Shakespeare and especially Arthur Miller plays).

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon67 View Post
    I think Darwin should be number one with a bullet, because he almost single-handedly turned the subject called "Natural Philosophy" into "Science." Prior to Darwin, the West was mostly Theist in its thinking; Darwin provided a materialist explanation for speciation, and suddenly there was a respectable Western alternative to the Judeo-Christian creation story.

    This seems obvious and straightforward to us now, but at the time it was life-changing for many people. Darwin lent teeth to naturalist, materialist philosophy, which (despite its not really being applicable to those subjects) laid the foundations for such diverse topics as Marxism, behaviorism, entire schools of literary criticism, and so on, and so on.

    While Nazism still would have happened without a Darwin...the "will to power" will not be denied, after all...it would have had a different flavor without Nietzche to drive it, and Nietzche wouldn't have been Nietzche if there hadn't been a Darwin.

    Darwin's work helped to gut the power and influence of Catholicism in Europe. Yes, it was on the wane anyway, but Darwin struck a considerable blow.

    Darwin's work can be construed as the philosophical cornerstone of the modern secular state. Despite the fact that Darwin didn't intend Origin of Species to be a philosophical work, its impact on philosophy has been practically incalculable...as has been its influence on everything philosophy touches, such as art, architecture, music, business practices, law, medicine...the list is practically endless. Take away Darwin, and the TransAmerica Pyramid might be very different than it is today.
    According to the late evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr, Darwin's biggest impact was the replacement of an Aristotelian, essentialistic notion of species as types with the notion that a species is a population of genetically unique individuals. This weakened the appeal of Essentialist metaphysical notions considerably.
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    I think there are a few people smokin a little bit too much darwin in this thread.

    Technologically the theory of evolution had practically no real effect on our lives today. You can believe it or deny it and it wont affect your life or the way that you approach science.

    Philosophically it is probably much more influential, but was it groundbreaking or is it more of a reflection of the zeitgeist of the 1880s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RootBall View Post
    Philosophically [Darwin's work] is probably much more influential, but was it groundbreaking or is it more of a reflection of the zeitgeist of the 1880s.
    Personally, I think it mostly defined the zeitgeist of the late 19th century, and all of the 20th.

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    Darwin wasn't the first to come up with a theory about evolution. Actually Lamarck published his theory a bit earlier, but Darwin usually gets the credit because he came up with the idea first and his details were correct. The details in Lamarck's theory were easily proven wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by celesul View Post
    Darwin wasn't the first to come up with a theory about evolution. Actually Lamarck published his theory a bit earlier, but Darwin usually gets the credit because he came up with the idea first and his details were correct. The details in Lamarck's theory were easily proven wrong.
    Regardless of who was right first, it's Darwin's name that people think of when they consider evolution...therefore Darwin was the most influential.

    The Wright brothers didn't invent the airplane either, but that doesn't diminish their influence.

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