Friday, March 27, 2009

Did You Know...

Three things that you may not know.

Adam Smith, the doyen of the free-marketeers, wrote in 'The Wealth of Nations', that it is sometimes worthwhile to keep unprofitable enterprises open for the benefit of society as a whole.

Several religous figures wrote to Darwin congratulating him on his book, 'The Origin of Species'. One letter, from Reverend Charles Kingsley, was quoted in the second edition: 'I have gradually learnt to see that it is just as noble a conception of the deity to believe that he created a few original forms capable of self-development into other and needful forms, as to believe that he required a fresh act of creation to supply the voids caused by the action of his laws.'

Benjamin Franklin once said that he had never lost an argument, but neither had he convinced anyone that he was right.

Enjoy your weekend.

1 comment:

Justus M. Bowman said...

I didn't know about Reverend Charles Kingsley's letter to Darwin, but I personally know some people who fancy themselves both men of science and men of God.