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Critical review of science history and comparison with contemporary knowledge
In interpreting the background to this project I noticed three key themes, these are: criticism from contemporaries, Darwin's amendments to the Origin of Species and, effectively, "who was right". In other words, I researched all the changes between all the editions of the Origin of Species and all the contemporary criticsms to find relationships between the two. I then included sections describing the relevant knowledge of today, and by today's understanding, how much could have been improved. The whole dissertation is arranged in chronological order.
The Origin of Species is one of the most famous, influential and notorious books in human history. More frequently cited than read and more often read than understood, it was once estimated that 90% of biology degree students had not read the Origin. Until work on this project began, I myself was one of the 90%. I understood the concepts it included, but had no idea how Darwin conceived and developed these concepts. Since Darwinian evolution forms the cornerstone of modern biology it is therefore of great importance that we […]
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When Lloyd George announced his first budget in April 1909, he declared it to be, "a war Budget. It is for raising money to wage implacable warfare against poverty and squalidness." In truth, the wars the budget caused were fought elsewhere. The budget was far more controversial in thought than in deed; the introduction of Land Taxes, so vehemently opposed by the Unionists and so dogmatically defended by the Liberals proved to be of little consequence to either party. Raising little money for the Exchequer and proving to be less than disastrous for the landed class, the tax was quietly repealed in the budget of 1920, under the Premiership of Lloyd George himself. The budget was a response to the growing cost of government caused by Asquith's increases in social security coupled with the growing expenses of naval armaments. Interestingly, the similarities between Lloyd George's budget of 1909 and C. T. Ritchie's budget of 1903 are notable. Ritchie reduced income tax as well as repealing the duty on corn. Indeed, Ritchie's 1903 budget seems simply a version of Lloyd George's made during a period of surplus. The effect of the budget on the politics and government of the United Kingdom is unquestionable, enabling greater state spending on […]
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Germaine Greer (2001), the Australian feminist and social commentator, has stated that marketing is the real art form of the twentieth century, adding that it is a destructive art form. This type of art form has saturated every level of society and every human activity, to the point where the art form of the twentieth century has permeated through to art itself. As such, what Saatchi has done as an art collector, bringing marketing to art in such a way, has meant that he has brought art to the masses without devaluing it so much in front of the art critics. It is an obvious outcome. Saatchi is well known for being a guru in the advertising industry where one of his most famous campaigns (which he oversaw with his brother) was the promotion of the Conservative Party lead by Margaret Thatcher during the 1979 general election under the slogan "Labour isn't working". In his advertising ventures, he has always displayed artistic panache together with a strong competitive streak, with an unwavering belief in capitalism (Bickers, 1997).[…]
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