Hi, I’m A. I used to blog here more often, and this column was my personal favorite task. I’m bringing curiousness about the calendar back!
Very short backstory: Alfred Wallace and Charles Darwin independently develop almost identical theories about natural selection. Darwin first writes about his in 1844, but it remains unpublished until Wallace asks Darwin to evaluate his work in 1858. Darwin does, agrees, and the Linnaean Society shares it with the world on July 1, 1858.
Skepchick point of interest: Doods, it’s the Theory of Evolution.
Not-so-Skepchick?: Even today, when so much of the modern modern medicine is built on the ideas first heard at the Linnaean Society, denialists abound. Worse, they run for Vice President, compete for Miss America, and teach in science classrooms all over the world. I can’t help but wonder if these same folks take antibiotics when they’re sick, or get vaccinated for flu each season.