use and mention

Today’s anniversary tributes are missing the point in addressing Darwin the scientist and Lincoln the politician. In truth, they accrue to “Darwin” and “Lincoln”, the six- and seven-letter alibis for otherwise intelligent and conscientious people wishing to exempt themselves from contemplation of their spiritual infirmities and social rackets.

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    1. “I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws, with the details, whether good or bad, left to the working out of what we may call chance. Not that this notion at all satisfies me. I feel most deeply that the whole subject is too profound for human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton.”
      —Charles Darwin, letter to Asa Gray dated 22 May 1860, in The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, edited by Francis Darwin, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887, p. 105.

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