The ideas Charles Darwin presented in his book On the Origins of Species, published in 1859, are an essential part of the foundation upon which the field of biology is built. Unfortunately, his ideas have not yet been fully integrated into medicine, psychology, exercise science, and nutrition (fields that are all closely connected with biological sciences), although they arguably offer tremendous value also within these disciplines.
Many doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, and other people involved in fields that have to do with the human body seem to forget that humans are not separated from nature, but rather a part of it. Every organism on this planet, including you and me, are the product of billions of years of evolution. Over eons of time, evolutionary forces (eg., natural selection) have sculpted our genetic make-up, inducing changes in our brains, guts, immune systems, and so forth.
To understand life, we must first understand evolution
Regardless of your profession and goals in life, I’d argue that the ideas and concepts presented by Charles Darwin can be useful to you. Among other things, they help explain why we behave as we do, why we get sick, how species originate and evolve, and why our minds work the way they do.
On this blog I’ve talked a lot about the concept of natural selection and discussed why evolutionary biology needs to be considered in the context of nutrition, medicine, psychology, etc. This is not something I’m going to do again here. Rather, I wanted to share a documentary I recently watched, entitled The Genius of Charles Darwin. This film gives a broad overview of what Darwinism is all about and looks into why there are still some people who are opposed to the idea of evolution. I hope you find it enjoyable and informative!