L'origine dell'uomo e la selezione sessuale, Darwin

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analisi in inglese del testo di C. Darwin, The descent of man and selection in relazion to sex (1 pagine formato doc)

L'origine dell'uomo e la selezione sessuale, Darwin.

Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex – Man’s Origin
The present extract is taken from The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin; it deals with the naturalist’s thesis on man’s origin, pointing out his theory of evolution as a result of accidental mutations on the species.

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The text might be divided into three main sequences:
-    the first one, in which the theorist expounds his “main conclusion”, that is “man is descended from some lowly-organised form”;
-    the second one, a digression about Fuegians’ lifestyle, a wild population which inspired some of Darwin’s reflections which successively would have made him able to expound his theory of evolutionism;
-    last but not least, the third one, where the author gives voice to some considerations built on the contrast between the noble anthropoid and his “god-like intellect” and his descendant ancestors, humble living creatures.

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In fact Darwin’s awareness for his theory’s consequences on many persons is disarming: he knows his thesis will be uncomfortable to anthropocentric philosophies who stated man was the perfect organism at the center of the universe and could descend from animals. Actually, as Copernicus brought a cosmological revolution Darwin was laying the foundations for another revolution man was not yet ready to embrace, according to the commonly-spread vision of the world which still put man at the centre of the universe.