“In the theory with which we have to deal, Absolute Ignorance is the artificer; so that we may enunciate as the fundamental principle of the whole system, that, in order to make a perfect and beautiful machine, it is not requisite to know how to make it. This proposition will be found, on careful examination, to express, in condensed form, the essential purport of the Theory, and to express in a few words all Mr. Darwin’s meaning; who, by a strange inversion of reasoning, seems to think Absolute Ignorance fully qualified to take the place of Absolute Wisdom in all the achievements of creative skill.”
Beverley, Robert Mackenzie. The Transmutation of Species. London: James Nisbet & Co., 1867. Print. (p.295)
One of the many contemporary critics of Charles Darwin. In my brief time upon this Earth, I have learned to never underestimate the importance of ignorance.
h/t: Daniel C. Dennett