Re: Poor Darwin's syndrome is contagious

David Campbell (bivalve@mailserv0.isis.unc.edu)
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 15:27:50 -0400

>Seems too familiar to me. It describes maybe not my years or months but it
>does depict the bad days (except the discovering new laws part). Over dose
>of origins syndrome. Why does this stuff tend to reduce and spoil? Anyone
>know the secret cure? Not exactly a science question but today is one of
>those days.

In addition to the psychological and spiritual factors associated with his
rejection of Christianity, this may also reflect the illness that affected
most of Darwin's life after the voyage on the Beagle. There remains debate
as to just what it was, but it sounds as though it would have been
conducive to depression.

There can be a danger in science of losing your appreciation of creation.
Ironically, Dawkins has apparently recognized this as a problem in his
latest book (I have only seen reviews, not the original), even though he
does not acknowledge that it is created. "Familiarity breeds contempt" is
the basic problem-having seen something so often makes it easy to ignore,
just as we are often not thankful for God's everyday provisions. Finding
out more about how God runs the universe should give a new aspect to our
praise rather than dampen it.

David C.