Essay about Charles Darwin 's Theory Of Evolution

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Charles Darwin was a 19th century naturalist who shaped the way we view nature and humanity. His theories of evolution completely reassessed how we understand the natural world through his ideas on natural selection. Darwin himself was largely inspired by a few other naturalists who predeceased him, mainly William Paley and Thomas Malthus, and it was their work, as well as his travels around the world, that led him to form his own theories and to change how nature, humans and biology are seen for generations to come.

Thomas Malthus was a leading economist and human ecologists during the Romantic period, and formed his principle of population that was largely defined by conflict, which eventually gave way to the development of evolutionary theory. Malthus’ theory, known as Malthusian law, states that the growth of human population is increasingly larger, than the earth’s ability to produce resources for humans (Robertson, 2012, pp.5). He argued that the human population was growing at an unsustainable rate compared to the growth of any food source. This theory contradicted previous Enlightenment ideology that suggested nature and humankind are in harmony with one another and also the idea of there being a never ending supply of resources. Malthus argued that this uneven ration between humans and resources was in place to encourage humans to work harder to survive and to create a better world. If we had things easier and did not have to struggle to survive, then we would have…

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