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Darwin’s Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation, by Alistair Sponsel

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Alistair Sponsel, Darwin’s Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018, 336 pp., 50$, ISBN: 9780226523255

Charles Darwin’s caution is well known. “After five years’ work I allowed myself to speculate on the subject,” he wrote in the opening pages of the Origin of Species. In more ways than one, Darwin sought to reassure his readers that he had “not been hasty in coming to a decision.” In Darwin’s Evolving Identity, Alistair Sponsel introduces us to a younger and bolder Darwin, far more willing

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