Charles Darwin (1809-82) and his son William in 1842
As a scientist, Darwin developed and exercised virtues that we can apply in daily life. We do not have to be a gifted, trained, and experienced scientist in order to grow in these essential qualities.
In Darwin I find, above all, hunger for truth; this dominant virtue involves whole-souled identification with the real, problem-solving that is alive, questioning, exploratory, and resourceful, keen perception, careful attention to fact, concentration, patience, accurate reasoning, courage, the habit of testing one’s ideas, methodical inquiry, the ability to distinguish fact from theoretical speculation, openness to diverse views, freedom from prejudice, humility, and teamwork.
Where in your life do you gain by being scientific to some degree? Please describe an example. What virtues do you develop and exercise in the process?
This post (with any further comments, please) concludes this look at scientific living.
For my inquiry into the virtues of scientific living in Darwin, I relied mainly on Adrian Desmond and James Moore, Darwin (New York: Warner Books, 1991).