Charles Darwin

Disney Is Making a Film About Charles Darwin From the Writer of ‘Traffic’

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Odd proclamation: Stephen Gaghan, the writer of Traffic and Syriana, is developing a movie — which he’ll be writing and directing — for Disney. Second odd proclamation: it’s about Charles Darwin. As Darwin famously developed theories of natural selection and evolution, he obviously hasn’t been popular among religious zealots and conflicted biology teachers, and Disney’s surprising decision could lead to some very funny protests whenever this film gets completed. 
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A Classic Book for Every Myers-Briggs Personality Type

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Recently at the Flavorwire office we’ve become obsessed (in a skeptical and dubious way, of course) with the Myers-Briggs personality test, a pop-psych phenomenon which sorts us all into one of 16 categories, each with a unique combination of four letters. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Intuitive or sensing? Thinking or feeling? Perceiving or judging? Now take all your results and combine them, and you have your MBTI personality type! While we don’t advocate your running out and switching jobs based on this result, a personalized reading guide can’t hurt. So in the spirit of summer reading — and summer self-inquiry — we offer a novel that we think would suit each MBTI …Read More

Hilarious Victorian-Era Caricatures of Famous Intellectuals

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In case you couldn’t tell, Flavorwire loves 19th-century England. So when Open Culture alerted us to the existence of the 1873 book Cartoon Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Men of the Day, we had to click through its pages and share a few of our favorites of the 49 illustrations of famous English people. Drawn by Frederick Waddy, the images below even include one of our favorite Americans.
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Classic Books Annotated by Famous Authors

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Readers come in two editions: those who write in their books, and those who don’t. No matter which you are on your own time, there’s great pleasure to be found in paging through marked-up copies of other people’s books — particularly when the original owners were famous writers themselves. Whether scribbled or printed, snide or appreciative, an author’s annotations give equal insight into the book and the reader, and double as yet another reason to buy physical books. Click through to see the marginalia in the books of a few great …Read More