Darwin’s Brilliant Choice of Language

17 Apr
Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

It goes without saying: Word choice is so important, for capturing with precision an idea we are trying to express, and for creating a desired effect on the reader’s imagination.

Here, from Nautilus, is the story of Charles Darwin’s choice of the term “natural selection” to describe his theory of evolution.  Why was it better than “evolution?”

 

Darwin’s theory of evolution is often credited with removing the notion of intentional design from biology. But perhaps its genius was in doing so gently: The language in which it’s couched allowed readers to hold onto the idea for just a little while longer.

 

See the full article here. It’s interesting and short.

 

 

 

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