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Monday, 19 February 2007

Journalist David Nason ill-serves Charles Darwin by getting the title of his most influential work wrong. In an article published in today's The Australian about the role that Kansas plays in the Intelligent Design debate that pops up now and again, Nason calls the book 'Origin of the Species'.

This is unforgivable. It seems that journalists in general are unlikely to own a copy of The Origin of Species seeing how often they make the same mistake. After all the debate that has gone on about this topic, you would think that a senior writer for a major broadsheet — Nason is The Australian's New York correspondent — would get it right.

It's disgraceful and unnecessary. Clearly he has never read the book.

It is the 150th anniversary of the book's publication in November.

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