On opening it I was amazed to find that Chapter One begins by spouting one complete fallacy after another about Darwin.
I have not yet progressed beyond page 1, but decided to I would write a blog post for each fallacy I find in the book and publish them here as I read my way through it
Darwin Fallacy No.1. (page 1, of Howard 1982)
'Darwin then married his first cousin, and the family seems to have thrown practically nothing away ever since... The notes and records of a whole lifetime's scientific work have been maintained virtually intact.'
In reality, we know that several of Darwin's notebooks and essays are missing. His remaining notebooks are missing many torn out pages, he destroyed copies of letters he sent, others are lost or missing and he habitually burned many of the letters he received.
From (Sutton, M. 2014. Nullius in Verba:Darwin's Greatest Secret).
'As Beddall (1968, p. 310) so precisely puts it in her excellent and classic article on the Linnean Debacle: "It seems surprising that all the material relating to the most dramatic (not to say traumatic) moment in his life should disappear." While absence of those letters is not proof of what was in them, we are nonetheless rationally permitted to weigh that absence in the balance when such absence is both markedly peculiar to suspicious events and is explained away by contradictory evidence from Darwin's son. To be specific, Francis Darwin wrote contradictory accounts, claiming that his father saved all his important letters, and then claiming the opposite—that his father habitually burned them (Darwin 1887, p. 119 and page v, respectively).'
Howard, J. (1982) Darwin. Oxford University Paperbacks.