April 11, 1866
Dear Professor Jeffrey Fredrickson,
I am appalled to read your criticism on Mr. Darwin’s magnificent work. I am confused how you have taken Darwin’s work and his theory and have not seen them in the same light that I did. Although Jeffery, I do agree and Darwin would agree, that his theory in this modern day’s science is far fetched. Darwin does a great job of providing evidence to his theory and great illustrations on how he came up with his theory and the mechanics of it. So Jeffery, in order to help you understand Mr. Darwin’s work for its true essence, I am going to render an explanation for your criticisms/concerns. In Darwin’s theory, my colleague, I hope you will see the new transformation of science that he has created and how his theory will help us to understand more about our own existence and transformations. The first issue that I see that you are having is whether or not we should expect to see transitional forms and links between one species and another. I see that you are expecting a link between one species to another especially through fossil records. However, I do believe you have missed the fact that modifications have happened over a slow gradual process, which is one of the points Darwin has made. As a human we tend to look at something and see relationships between two things that look similar at first glace, and fail to look for deeper connections. The same can be true with “all those gaps in the fossil record”. Darwin says that If we compare these species where they intermingle, they are generally as absolutely distinct from each other in every detail of structure as are specimens taken from the metropolis inhabited by each. By my theory these allied species have descended from a common parent; and during the process of modification, each has become adapted to the conditions of life of its own region, and has supplanted and exterminated its original parent and all the transitional varieties between its past and...
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