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Comment author: TobyBartels 20 January 2011 04:40:12AM *  0 points [-]

Calling modern evolutionary theory "Darwinism" is like calling physics "Newtonism."

Well, I'd rather name it after Galileo, but otherwise I'm happy with that. Galileo invented the field of endeavour that we know today as ‘physics’ (a term which Aristoteles used for something rather different), and Newton brought his ideas to fruition, even though they have subsequently been improved upon. ‘Newtonian physics’ is one thing, but ‘Newtonism’ is another; all modern physicists are Galileo's and Newton's disciples.