Darwin 's Theory Of Evolution

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Countless scientists spent their lives working on a succinct theory of evolution, but none found as great of popularity and success as Charles Darwin. Using his concept of Natural Selection, Darwin managed to explain evolution in not just the organic world, but also in humans. The fact that Darwin’s theory transfers so easily to human society 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 of Adam Smith and Thomas Malthus, influenced Darwin’s theory of evolution as well as helped make his theory popular among social elitists. The Beagle voyage lasted for five years; during that time Darwin had no idea that London went 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 resembled “Monster Soup” due to the copious amounts of waste dumped into the water. Darwin grew up in a very wealthy family and distanced himself from the massive amounts of poverty. This allowed him to witness the enormous stratification of social classes. He connected what he observed 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…

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