Darwin's Bulldog

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On this day in 1895, T. H. Huxley died at the age of 70. Huxley was known as "Darwin's Bulldog" because of his defense of Darwin's important work in evolution. He debated Samuel Wilberforce in 1860, and people have been debating creationists since.

Huxley invented the term "agnostic" and described himself as one.

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On this day in 1895, Th. H. Huxley died at the age of 70. Huxley was known as "Darwin's Bulldog" because of his defense of Darwin's important work in evolution. He debated Samuel Wilberforce in 1960...

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By Virgil Samms (not verified) on 29 Jun 2008 #permalink

After reading many of Huxley's works it is surprising how Darwin and natural selection are almost never mentioned; Huxley seemed to be more concerned with figuring out transitions in the fossil record between groups (like his Sauropsida, which was reptiles + birds) than how it happened. he did defend Darwin in this way and definitely was struck by Darwin's idea, but his own views were much more nuanced than we often realize.

Likewise, Huxley never debated Wilberforce. During a series of lectures on creation/evolution at Oxford in the summer of 1860 Wilberforce made some snide comment to young Huxley who was in the audience. Huxley responded but from the accounts given most people didn't even hear him and it ended up being a minor point and was not an actual debate in any sense of the word.