What did Darwin mean in his book "Origin of Species" when he said the following?
“…that the view which most naturalists entertain, and which I formerly entertained – namely that each species has been independently created – is erroneous.”
A. I have spent a long time figuring this out.” B. What we all used to think was wrong.” C. Because life is a struggle, organisms are changed by natural selection.” D. From a simple start, organisms have continued to change.”
This is Darwin being a sassy guy. He’s basically saying that “what we all used to think is wrong”. Charles Darwin sat on his theory of evolution for a long time precisely for this reason. He didn’t want to upset the religious community, and he had to wrestle with what he had thought was right for years. For most of his life, in fact, he had believed in the creationism theory of how everything came to be on the earth.
After finding evidence that directly contradicted that theory, it took a lot of courage to put his thoughts out to the world, to say to the world, “hey, we’ve all been thinking the wrong thing about how animals and plants came to be on this planet as they are today”.