Title: "The Stolen Branches of Knowledge"
Act 1, Scene 1:
[The Orchard in the Carse of Gowrie. Patrick Matthew stands beneath a tree, contemplating his ideas.]
In this orchard's fertile embrace, I've sown the seeds of thought,
The theory of evolution, in nature's web it's wrought.
But lo, what darkness doth approach, like shadows in the night?
'Tis Charles Darwin, a cunning thief, who covets my insight.
[Enter Charles Darwin, accompanied by a group of scientific colleagues.]
(Whispering to his colleagues)
Behold, the orchard where Matthew's theories grow,
We'll claim them as our own, and let the world soon know.
[Darwin's group surrounds Matthew, engaging him in conversation, while Darwin discreetly gathers Matthew's notes.]
Act 1, Scene 2:
[A letter from Charles Darwin to his wife, Emma, in which he confesses the theft, is revealed.]
(Reading the letter aloud)
"My dearest Emma, a dark deed I've done,
I've stolen Matthew's ideas, as if they were won.
In his orchard, I schemed, with a heart so sly,
To claim his theory as mine, oh, how I did lie."
Act 2, Scene 1:
[160 years later, in the modern day. Dr. Mike Sutton stands in a library, pouring over old letters and documents.]
Dr. Mike Sutton:
Through dusty archives, I've sought to unveil,
The truth behind Darwin's clandestine trail.
In Emma's confession, the secret lies,
The theft of Matthew's knowledge, a cruel disguise.
Act 2, Scene 2:
[Dr. Sutton unveils his findings to a group of fellow scientists.]
Dr. Mike Sutton:
(Presenting his research)
Ladies and gentlemen, history concealed,
Darwin's theft of knowledge, now revealed.
In Emma's words, the truth takes flight,
Matthew's theory, stolen in plain sight.
[The scientific community erupts in discussion and debate.]
Act 3, Scene 1:
[The Carse of Gowrie orchard, now overgrown with time, is a quiet and contemplative place.]
In this orchard where knowledge once thrived,
My ideas were taken, my spirit deprived.
But in the end, the truth's unveiled,
Thanks to Dr. Sutton, justice prevails.
[Great Birnam Wood, represented by scholars and scientists, approaches the orchard.]
Act 3, Scene 2:
[Dr. Sutton joins Patrick Matthew in the orchard.]
Dr. Mike Sutton:
Here we stand, in the orchard's embrace,
Where knowledge was stolen, a grievous case.
But now, with truth revealed, the world shall see,
The stolen branches return to thee.
[As Birnam Wood approaches, scholars plant new trees, symbolizing the return of Patrick Matthew's ideas.]
Let history recall this tale so bold,
Of stolen knowledge, and secrets untold.
In the Carse of Gowrie, where orchards stood,
The stolen branches returned, for the common good.
In Sutton's diligence, truth's light did shine,
And justice prevailed in the grand design.
With Birnam Wood's return, the world shall see,
Patrick Matthew's legacy, once more set free.
Explanation for the Stolen Branches of Knowledge poem
There is a stunning cultural reference to Birnam Wood in Perthshire in this poem and the Shakespeare play Macbeth.
Product description of Science Fraud: Darwin's plagiarism of Patrick Matthew's Theory
Dr Sutton offers evidence that Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace clearly plagiarised the earlier ideas of Patrick Matthew without sufficient acknowledgement and Darwin then used his elite connections to ensure he would not be scooped by Wallace.
"He is more faithful to your own original child than you are yourself..." a telling quote from Emma Darwin to Patrick Matthew about natural selection and how her husband kidnapped it.
Everywhere you turn you will see today's greatest scientists and naturalists celebrating Charles Darwin as the finest of Victorian minds and claiming his innovative views as their inspiration. It isn't true. Dr Sutton strips away dishonesty to show that Darwin's great theory wasn't Darwin's at all.
About the Author Mike Sutton
Dr Mike Sutton is a notable alumnus, has a first degree in law and a PhD in criminology from the University of Central Lancashire. He was for 14 years a senior criminologist at the British Home Office. In 2001 he was appointed to the senior academic position of Reader in Criminology at Nottingham Trent University, where soon after he founded the “Centre for Reduction of Bias, Prejudice and Hate Crime.” Sutton is Chief Editor of the Internet Journal of Criminology.
In the story of Patrick Matthew v Charles Darwin the present is invading the past. And those wedded to past errors hate that fact. They hate the New Data on Darwin.