Archives: Paul Johnson

The fears of Charles Darwin; Typhoid Mary; installing the bees: newsletter, April 6, 2018

April 9, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, newsletter.

This newsletter was sent to everyone on Jim’s email list (4,171) on Friday, April 6, 2018. Planting the garden was the first order of business on the farm this week. After I had completed the tilling last week, we had some more rain, so the planting did not begin on Good Friday, as is our • Read More »

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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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