What is the nature of the Fortean – Darwinism connection?

This is a really interesting question. After just grabbing at the loose thread, I feel like there is a whole sweater left to unravel! I’d like more info on Fort, Darwinism and the creationist connection. I’m looking for help from readers far and wide.

I already have the works of Fort but am interested in any biographical sources you have read (or written) and might recommend to help understand the philosophy of Forteanism.

I have plenty of premium sources on evolution but am interested in just how Darwin’s ideas may have been hijacked to serve certain cultural agendas. How does that play into the way the idea of “Darwinism” has been used as the catch word for all that is wrong with scientists and their so-called “holy” ideas.

For creationism in general, I’d like to see how this relates to dealing with anomalous biological/zoological and even geological topics. I have a good background in the methods, means and characters of the creationism movement so I don’t need more on that. But, if you have something pertinent and new, I’d appreciate if you can send PDFs or links to me via the comments. If you don’t want your comment to be displayed, just note that and I won’t display it online.

I’ve really enjoyed the comments and discussions with those who have volunteered their two-cents. Thanks.

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  1. For information about Fort’s life and philosophy, I cited the following books and articles about Fort in my article on Charles Fort in the _Encyclopedia of the Paranormal_ (edited by Gordon Stein, 1996, Prometheus Books):

    Mark Chorvinsky, “The Death of Charles Fort,” Fortean Times #54,
    Summer 1990, pp. 56-57.
    Mike Dash, “Charles Fort and a Man Named Dreiser,” Fortean Times #51,
    Winter 1988-89, pp. 40-48.
    Martin Gardner, _Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science_, Dover,
    1957.
    Damon Knight, _Charles Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained_, Doubleday,
    1970.
    Damon Knight, “Introduction to the Dover Edition,” in _The Complete
    Books of Charles Fort_, Dover, 1974.
    Tiffany Thayer, “Introduction,” in _The Books of Charles Fort_, Henry
    Holt & Co., 1941.

    There’s also a new biography of Fort in the works by Jim Steinmeyer, which, based on his previous books (_The Glorious Deception: The Double Life of William Robinson a/k/a Chung Ling Soo, the “Marvelous Chinese Conjurer”_ and _Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear_), should prove to be the definitive Fort biography.

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