Synchronic Workings of the Intelligence

Writing about Charles Darwin’s view of the people of Tierra del Fuego (“he lapsed into that common failing of naturalists: to marvel at the intricate perfection of other creatures and recoil from the squalor of man” and he “thought the Fuegians ‘the most abject and miserable creatures’ he anywhere beheld”) and Edgar Allen Poe’s book Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (in which an evil, dark-skinned people called Tsalalians, from Tierra del Fuego, are the antagonists), Bruce Chatwin notes:

Neither Poe nor Darwin read each other: that both should have used the same ingredients for a similar purpose is another example of the synchronic workings of the intelligence.

And I say, yet another quasi-example of independent redundancy!

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