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I have more especially been induced to do this, as Mr.
Wallace, who is now studying the natural history of the Malay archipelago, has arrived at almost exactly the same general conclusions that I have on the origin of species.
That which we were looking for, and could not find, was a hypothesis respecting the origin of known organic forms, which assumed the operation of no causes but such as could be proved to be actually at work.
We wanted, not to pin our faith to that or any other speculation, but to get hold of clear and definite conceptions which could be brought face to face with facts and have their validity tested.
He was taught in accordance with a Greek language based classics curriculum at Shrewsbury from 1818-1825.
Although he had not proved to have much academic aptitude at school in Shrewsbury he then went to Edinburgh to study medicine but did not make worthwhile progress - partly because he did not relish the suffering of patients or the sight of blood resulting from medical procedures.
I hope that I may be excused for entering on these personal details, as I give them to show that I have not been hasty in coming to a decision.
My work is now nearly finished; but as it will take me two or three more years to complete it, and as my health is far from strong, I have been urged to publish this Abstract.
These reliable sources of evidence include ~ Modern Psychological Science ~ and perhaps even more importantly, such undoubted spiritual, philosophical and literary authorities as The Major World Religions, Plato, William Shakespeare and Ralph Waldo Emerson!!! 'Beagle,' as naturalist, I was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the inhabitants of South America, and in the geological relations of the present to the past inhabitants of that continent.After five years' work I allowed myself to speculate on the subject, and drew up some short notes; these I enlarged in 1844 into a sketch of the conclusions, which then seemed to me probable: from that period to the present day I have steadily pursued the same object.He also loved to collect plants, insects, and geological specimens, guided by his cousin William Darwin Fox, an entomologist.He developed a particular interest in collecting beetles, the rarer in species the better.
In 1857, I had no answer ready, and I do not think that any one else had.