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Intelligent Designs

A recurring motif of this course has been the ubiquitous magazine Punch. Since Punch‘s satirical cartoons popped up so frequently in our discussions of the Victorian era, I thought I’d take a sidelong glance at the historical (and ongoing) evolution debates by … Continue reading

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Claptrap

…Poor shameful Jenny, full of grace, thus with your head upon my knee;– Whose person or whose purse may be the lodestar of your reverie?… What, Jenny, are your lilies dead? Aye, and the snow-white leaves are spread like winter … Continue reading

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Law and Order: ICU

The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself. Charles Dickens (1812-1870) “Each injured person whose wounds fester has the right to ask his surgeon why.” Artifact located at the Science Museum in South Kensington, … Continue reading

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Naming of Parts

Surely, Mr. Darwin’s theory is none the worse, morally, for having some foundation in fact. Asa Gray (1810-1888) Earlier, I considered the development of new professional terminology (like the word “scientist”) during the Victorian era. To-day, we have naming of parts … Continue reading

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Ship Happens

A full day of traffic on the Thames, condensed into one image. Photo by Alisdair MacDonald, via The Daily Mail Online. Traffic was a real problem in London long before the advent of the car. The Thames was a major … Continue reading

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Loos in the Time of Cholera

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs. Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) In the summer of 1858, the Members of Parliament abandoned their beautiful waterfront building in London and fled to Oxford. Why? No political upheaval was brewing. No angry … Continue reading

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Supply and Demand

They tell us it was necessary for the purposes of science. Science! Why, who is science for? Not for poor people. Then if it be necessary for the purposes of science, let them have the bodies of the rich, for … Continue reading

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