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What If Darwin Wasn't First?
Who? Dr Mike Sutton What's the talk about? In this talk Mike will be revealing details of his latest peer-reviewed journal papers on the topic of Charles Darwin's apparent influences. There has been a reaction to Mike's new evidence from Darwin scholars and others. Evidence suggests that other naturalists closely associated with Darwin did read and then cite Patrick Matthew's book (1831) containing his prior-published conception of the theory of macroevolution by natural selection. Darwin supporters disagree that Darwin was influenced by Matthew. Patrick Matthew's book was written years before Darwin and Wallace published their theories, each claiming it as their own independent conception. Mike intends to present evidence to show that Matthew's book provided the fundamental ideas for both but was not cited by either. Mike Sutton is the originator of the Market Reduction Approach to Theft and has published many encyclopaedia essays, peer-reviewed papers, articles, book chapters, national and international policy-oriented government reports and policing guides on this subject and on stolen goods markets in general. Mike has an international reputation and is widely acknowledged as the world's leading expert in this field. He is currently researching, writing and publishing in several other subjects including measurement of fear of crime; the role of policing in crime reduction; hate crimes and prejudice reduction; hi-tech crimes; explanations for the current crime drop; and myths and fallacies about crime. For a paper he published on his work researching smartcard hackers, Mike was co-recipient in 1999 of the British Journal of Criminology Prize awarded for the best article published in 1998/99 that contributed to knowledge and understanding of criminology and criminal justice issues. In the field of criminological myths and fallacies, Mike is particularly interested in what he has recently named Supermyths. These are credulously believed by numerous scholars and used, with unintended irony, to support arguments of the importance of identifying myths and fallacies.

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