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The three fears of Charles Darwin and the writing of The Origin of Species

April 4, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, writers, writing.

Two of them slowed his writing down. He feared that his work would be dismissed by the fellow scientists for whom it was written. That would have been a humiliation that he did not believe he could stand.

He also feared what his wife, a deeply religious woman, would think.

The final fear had the opposite effect from the first two. It drove him to finish and finish quickly.

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