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БЕРКЛИ – Представьте, что, будучи молодым ученым, Вы в течение нескольких лет собирали информацию об основах того, как устроена природа. Вы зарабатывали себе репутацию, собирая растения, животных, окаменелости и геологические образцы со всего света и писали домой письма, демонстрирующие ваше развитие до уровня первоклассного ученого. К тому времени, когда Вы вернулись домой из своей пятилетней экспедиции, Вы сильно удивились, когда узнали, что стали восходящей звездой.

За время вашей поездки, а также в течение нескольких последующих лет, появилось нечто, сделавшее неясным некоторые невероятно простые и, тем не менее, общепризнанные естественные объяснения. Вы вдруг поняли, что оказались на нетронутой интеллектуальной территории. Ваши академические наставники и ученые, работы которых Вы прочли, продолжали тщетно стараться решить глобальные проблемы, которые теперь казались, если не решенными, то, по крайней мере, разрешимыми.

Люди говорили об эволюции в течение многих десятилетий, но Вы придумали механизм - естественный отбор – который мог объяснить большую часть этого процесса. Вы осознали, что обнародовать Ваши умозаключения будет означать не только революцию в науке, но и потенциально разрушит многие религиозные и философские фонды ваших соотечественников.            

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