Darwin and the Pigeons

Seems like when studying Darwinism, we hear quite a bit about "Darwin's finches". He did not know what kind of birds they were, by the way, and they were identified by ornithologist John Gould somewhere around 1837. Did you know that Charles Darwin took a fancy to pigeons for a spell? This is in the first chapter of his tedious, infamous book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. I wonder if he ate any?

Darwin raised pigeons to obtain information about evolution. He failed, they remained pigeons, but with some variations.
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He took to studying pigeons to get some firsthand observations for evolution through artificial selection. Some owlhoots consider this research to be strong evidence for his speculations, but what did he get? Pigeons. If he had paid attention to work of Gregor Mendel (peas be upon him), he would have learned a thing or two about genetics and variations.


At any rate, like Lenski's research on bacteria yielded bacteria, Darwin's pigeon research yielded pigeons. This is because evolution is untrue, and organisms were created with the capacity for variation, not to change into something completely different. Chuckie failed, but Darwin bots continue the false message of his "success" at demonstrating evolution through birds in their efforts to deny the work of their Creator.
Darwin’s primary motivation for the task was to collect fuel for his Origin. By September, he was describing pigeon-fancying as a “noble and majestic pursuit”, in a letter to his son William (attending Rugby School in Warwickshire):
I am going up to London this evening and I shall start quite late, for I want to attend a meeting of the Colombarian Society, which meets at 7 o’clock near London Bridge. … I am going to bring a lot more pigeons back with me on Saturday, for it is a noble and majestic pursuit, and beats moths and butterflies, whatever you may say to the contrary …
It wasn’t long before Darwin had the information he wanted, and much of the first chapter of his Origin of Species.
No need to fly the coop. You can read the rest at "Pigeons don’t fancy Darwin — Pigeon fanciers’ fancy pigeons fuelled Darwin’s flights of fancy".