Science and the unexplained

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  • Science and the Unexplained
    • Darwin vs Religion
      • On The Origin of Species (1859)
        • Evolved not created
          • Challenged religious dogma
            • Christians believed in creationsim
          • Man descended from "hairy tailed quadruped" creature
            • Horrified Victorian readers
              • external appearances of high value
            • Stevenson engineered themes to evoke deep-seated fears.
            • "hardly human... troglodytic"- describing hyde
              • physical manifestation of pre-human animal
                • “A dismal screech, as of mere animal terror, rang from the cabinet”
                • "like a monkey"
                • “Snarled aloud into a savage laugh”
                • "Satan's signature upon a face"
                • "Clubbed him to the earth... with ape like fury"
              • the idea that such a creature could hide behind a well-resected gentleman
                • Horrified Victorian readers
                  • external appearances of high value
              • criminal
              • doesn't fit in society
      • Christians believed in creationsim
    • Science as a fearful force
      • Jekyll's experiments
        • Cause death and desturction
          • Science can disrupt Victorians rigid expectations
        • Vague language creates ambiguity and mystery
          • "some white salts"
          • "some strange things
          • Evokes anxiety in the Victorian reader around science
        • "Chief of sinners"
          • Caught in state of "suffering"
          • "tortured with throes and longings" to turn into Hyde
      • Creating life
        • Jekyll's experiments
          • Cause death and desturction
            • Science can disrupt Victorians rigid expectations
          • Vague language creates ambiguity and mystery
            • "some white salts"
            • "some strange things
            • Evokes anxiety in the Victorian reader around science
          • "Chief of sinners"
            • Caught in state of "suffering"
            • "tortured with throes and longings" to turn into Hyde
        • Darwin challenged religious ideologies
          • Jekyll "suffering" links to hell
    • Views of Science
      • Lanyon
        • Practical and rational
        • described by hyde as showing "narrow and material views"
      • Jekyll
        • mysical and supernatural
        • "transcendental" approach
        • "scientific balderdash"
      • Observations
        • Poetic, abstract
          • ‘the trembling immateriality, the mist-like transience’
        • Little scientific facts
        • Clear factual detail
          • Effects on himself of seeing hyde
            • "my arms raised to shield me
            • "Mind submerged in terror"
          • appearance of chemicals
            • "which was at first of reddish hue"
          • Physical symptoms as he changed
            • "he reeled, staggered, clutched at the table"
            • "features seemed to melt and alter
    • Science does not discriminate
      • ‘The drug had no discriminating action; it was neither diabolical nor divine; it but shook the doors of the prisonhouse of my disposition’
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