Department of Philosophy



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Daryn Lehoux was the subject of a show on National Public Radio, talking about the history of the idea of spontaneous generation and his book Creatures Born of Mud and Slime. We accept that, at some point in the history of our universe, living creatures emerged from nonliving matter. Yet from the time of Aristotle until the late nineteenth century, many people believed in spontaneous generation, that living creatures sprang into existence from rotting material. As Daryn Lehoux explains in this fascinating book, spontaneous generation was perhaps the last stand of the ancient scientific worldview.