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DCP-LETT-8318

From Samuel Butler   11 May 1872

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Summary

His chapter on machines in Erewhon has been misunderstood as laughing at the Origin. He was only trying to show how an absurd proposition can be defended with a little ingenuity, distortion, and departure from strict scientific method. Will explain in a second edition, if one is called for.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8318
From
Butler, Samuel (b)
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
London, Clifford’s Inn, 15
Source of text
DAR 106: A3–5
Physical description
6pp †

Summary

His chapter on machines in Erewhon has been misunderstood as laughing at the Origin. He was only trying to show how an absurd proposition can be defended with a little ingenuity, distortion, and departure from strict scientific method. Will explain in a second edition, if one is called for.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8318,” accessed on 14 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8318

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