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Love, Loss, and the Banality of Survival: Charles Darwin, His Beloved Daughter, and How We Find Meaning in Mortality
Love, Loss, and the Banality of Survival: Charles Darwin, His Beloved Daughter, and How We Find Meaning in Mortality

A bittersweet signal from the discomposing territory between reason and hope.

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The Charming Doodles Charles Darwin’s Children Left All Over the Manuscript of ‘On the Origin of Species’
The Charming Doodles Charles Darwin’s Children Left All Over the Manuscript of ‘On the Origin of Species’

From fish with legs to carrot cavalries, an endearing testament to the human life of science.

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Charles Darwin on Family, Work, and Happiness
Charles Darwin on Family, Work, and Happiness

“Children are one’s greatest happiness, but often & often a still greater misery. A man of science ought to have none.”

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Charles Darwin’s List of the Pros and Cons of Marriage
Charles Darwin’s List of the Pros and Cons of Marriage

“My God, it is intolerable to think of spending one’s whole life, like a neuter bee, working, working, & nothing after all.”

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Darwin’s Greatest Regret and His Deathbed Reflection on What Makes Life Worth Living
Darwin’s Greatest Regret and His Deathbed Reflection on What Makes Life Worth Living

“If I had to live my life again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”

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Against Aloneness in the Web of Life: Ernst Haeckel, Charles Darwin, and the Art of Turning Personal Tragedy into a Portal to Transcendence
Against Aloneness in the Web of Life: Ernst Haeckel, Charles Darwin, and the Art of Turning Personal Tragedy into a Portal to Transcendence

An antidote to isolation by way of tiny marine creatures and a broken Romantic heart.

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Charles Darwin’s Touching Letter of Appreciation to His Best Friend and Greatest Champion
Charles Darwin’s Touching Letter of Appreciation to His Best Friend and Greatest Champion

“You are the one living soul from whom I have constantly received sympathy… I never forget for even a minute how much assistance I have received from you.”

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When Charles Darwin Hated Everybody
When Charles Darwin Hated Everybody

A necessary reminder that even geniuses have their despondent days.

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Emma Darwin’s Stirring Love Letter to Charles
Emma Darwin’s Stirring Love Letter to Charles

“I feel in my inmost heart your admirable qualities & feelings & all I would hope is that you might direct them upwards.”

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The Great 19th-Century Biologist and Anatomist T.H. Huxley on Darwin’s Legacy and What Makes Us Human
The Great 19th-Century Biologist and Anatomist T.H. Huxley on Darwin’s Legacy and What Makes Us Human

In praise of the faculty “making every generation somewhat wiser than its predecessor, — more in accordance with the established order of the universe.”

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