Harvard historian Steven Shapin
has a long article in the London Review of Books
, The Darwin Show
, about the apotheosization of Charles Darwin over the last year in service of various contemporary causes, including global warming.
One thing I would add is that the modern cult of beatifying Charles Darwin is dependent upon demonizing his younger half-cousin Francis Galton
. Everything politically correct is attributed to Darwin, while everything politically incorrect is attributed to Galton. In reality, Galton was hugely influenced by Darwin, and Darwin, in turn, was influenced by Galton (here`s the lengthy index entry
for "Galton, Mr."
from Darwin`s The Descent of Man
). Galtonism was seen by both men as the natural evolution of Darwinism.