|Charles Darwin's paradigm shift|
Berra, T.M. (2008). Charles Darwin's paradigm shift. The Beagle 24: 1-6
In: The Beagle: Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory. Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory: Darwin. ISSN 0811-3653, more
The publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species in 1859 created a paradigm shift from creation to evolution. Darwin showed that humans are part of nature, not above it, and that all animal life, including human, is related by descent from a common ancestor. His mechanism of evolution via natural selection is a powerful creative force that provided an explanation for the diversity of life. This dramatic change in world view from supernaturalism to methodological naturalism has allowed staggering scientific advances in the past 150 years that transcend science and impact on the human psyche.