Charles Otis Whitman

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Charles Otis Whitman (18421910) was an American biologist at the end of the nineteenth century who espoused a non-Darwinian theory of evolution.

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  • [Darwin's] triumph has won for us a common height from which we see the whole world of living beings as well as all inorganic nature; phenomena of every order we now regard as expressions of natural causes. The supernatural has no longer a standing is science; it has vanished like a dream, and the halls consecrated to its thraldom of the intellect are becoming radiant with a more cheerful faith.
    • Orthogenetic Evolution in Pigeons (1919), quoted in Eight Little Piggies (W.W. Norton, 1993) by Stephen Jay Gould, p. 366

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