Charles Darwin 's Theory Of Evolution

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Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is the most successful theory of it’s kind. Darwin’s idea of Natural Selection has found success not just in the organic world, but also in human society. This is no coincidence. After Darwin’s Beagle voyage, he returned to England during the Industrial Revolution. As a man of wealth, Darwin acted as a first-hand witness to the societal changes occurring around him. The Industrial Revolution, along with the corresponding economic theories played a large role in influencing Darwin’s theory of evolution. The Beagle voyage lasted for five years, during that time Darwin had no idea that London was going through a period of extreme urbanization. The city became a sewage filled wasteland where people lived in squalor, overcrowding paved the way for roaring epidemics, and the Thames River was so dirty it resembled “Monster Soup”. Darwin, being from a wealthy family, distanced himself from the poverty, which allowed him to see the enormous stratification of social classes. He connected what he saw in London, the competition for resources and the struggle for survival, and applied those ideas to the organic world as the basis for his evolutionary theory. The massive industrialization and it’s impact on the city of London created a new social dynamic, one that reflects itself in the animal kingdom. The Industrial Revolution was not the only cultural influence for Darwin. Many economic theories emerged at this time in correspondence with the…
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