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Monday, September 14, 2020

Learn something every day! A John Dryden moment

 I finally got to sit down and read a few pages of 'Dryden's Mind and Art', a collection of essays written on the genius of John Dryden (1631-1700) - I only got halfway through the first essay before I was struck with SOMETHING NEW! Watch out, this could be too much for you (doubt it, considering you're here and reading this, you're kinda used to stuff by now).

Okay, so, it's a well-known fact that with his 'Origin of Species' (1859), Charles Darwin gave the world the idea of 'evolution' - and many in the USA still fight against the idea (dumbasses).

The first thing is... the book was actually called...

'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life'

What a great title! Some people have already asked me why my titles for my 'How to' series keep getting longer... well, as you can see, books used to have long titles.

Anyway, I digress... oh look!

The Hind and the Panther (First Part) (1687) by John Dryden 

The Fox and he came shuffl'd in the dark,

If ever they were stow'd in Noah's ark:

Perhaps not made for all their barking train

The Dog (a common species) will contain.

And some wild currs, who from their masters ran

Abhorring the supremacy of man,

In woods and caves the rebel-race began.

Do you see it? Dryden is suggesting that foxes were the 'wild currs' of dogs, unable to take Man's orders and become domesticated, and so they ran away as 'rebels'. Almost 200 years BEFORE Darwin, England's first appointed Poet Laureate wrote about evolution... or at least a 'hint' at it. Apparently, the idea of evolution had been around for a long time before Darwin was brave enough to write a whole scientific book about it. But hey, Dryden did it 172 years before him.

Speaking of writing, I've started on Book 3 of the Humanity H2O series, Farkas Alpha, and finishing off Radnoti X. Both are available to Pre-Order at this link... and Gubacsi Dulu is still there if you haven't got it yet!

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