Bryan Appleyard

Let Us Withdraw

Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

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It is often casually assumed that we have assimilated Charles Darwin. He established the mechanism of our relationship to the natural world and thereby completed the project that began with Copernicus – the displacement of humankind from its throne at the centre of creation. Darwin, Richard Dawkins has said, made it intellectually respectable to be an atheist.

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