Silenced Partner

Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life
by Michael A. Flannery
Discovery Institute Press, 2011
(152 pages, $14.95, paperback)

reviewed by Terry Scambray

In April 1869, as Charles Darwin finished reading an article by Alfred Russel Wallace, he scratched an emphatic “No!!!” in the margin. Wallace, as the co-discoverer of evolution along with Darwin, had written that natural selection could not produce something as complex as the human mind; some other cause, namely, an “Overruling Intelligence” must have played a role.

Why was Darwin upset that Wallace saw limits to the power of natural selection? This is the question Michael Flannery answers in his slim but revealing study, Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life.

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