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Charles Darwin also either had a schizophrenic / psychotic mental disorder. Now the question might be asked, if this was a result of his departure from his faith or perhaps the reason he drifted towards evolution..?

LittleNipper, Christian Forums 14 Comments [12/30/2005 12:00:00 AM]
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The *first* question to be asked is: is it actually true that Darwin was shizophrenic or psychotic? (To which the answer is probably \"no\")

Then, we ask: if he had had such a disorder, would it have any bearing on whether evolution is true? (To which the answer is, again, \"no\")

And the third question is: don't these idiots know that poisoning the well is a fallacy?

12/30/2005 1:48:46 PM

Darth Wang

To which, of course, the answer is no.

12/30/2005 2:52:35 PM

David D.G.

Darwin wasn't mentally ill. However, the captain of the HMS Beagle was; perhaps someone got them confused.

Either that, or people are simply trying to spread more colorfully blatant lies about Darwin. Whatever -- it doesn't make one bit of difference to evolutionary theory what kinds of slander or libel are employed against the man who first formulated it.

~David D.G.

12/30/2005 7:50:53 PM


Apparently to them it does matter. And I wonder what they'd say if we suggested Jesus was just on drugs or summat? I mean, I don't care what they say about Darwin- but they might kill somebody for the suggesting Jesus was anything less than perfect.

12/31/2005 12:54:48 AM


*for the suggestion that, not the suggesting.

12/31/2005 12:55:16 AM


Actually, Darwin had a well known struggle in later life with what is now thought to be depression. Fitzroy's mania is of a different sort - I believe Gould explains that Fitz's family's history of mental illness is what caused Fitzroy to bring Gould along on the Beagle as a personal colleague.

1/2/2006 2:25:45 AM

Darwin's Lil Girl

No, no, I assure you, he was mentally sound. It's those who thought they saw Jesus alive after he died who had a mental dissorder.

12/23/2007 8:14:01 PM


.. Or was it completely unrelated?

6/16/2008 6:19:50 AM


even if he was a goat-sodomizing scientologist psychopath, he still would be able to raise a good hypothesis on the diversity of life.

which he did.

6/21/2012 1:17:55 AM

"Charles Darwin also either had a schizophrenic / psychotic mental disorder"
...or, what? If you have an "either", you must also have an "or", stupid.

Have you talked to his psycologist? Did he depart from faith?

6/21/2012 3:05:17 AM

Quantum Mechanic

No he didn't.
You, OTOH ...

11/3/2012 12:03:31 PM


And yet, his observations and all of the credible research which has been done since then holds up and produces tangible benefits for humanity.

Funny that.

11/3/2012 12:08:26 PM


Darwin could have been loonier than Hannibal Lecter and it still would not invalidate evolution in any manner whatsoever.

11/4/2012 3:28:36 AM


Charles Darwin also either had a schizophrenic / psychotic mental disorder.

1) Hard evidence or STFU.
2) It wouldn't matter if he was so crazy he routinely fingerpainted the walls with his own shit--natural descent with modification has been verified--and falsified--both by observation and experiment. Repeatedly.

11/4/2012 4:14:39 AM

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