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Darwin tweeted

Darwin tweeted

The winner of the Theos competition for the best 'tweet' of On the Origin of Species was announced last week.

Charles Foster's entry was: "He who dies, loses. He who reproduces, plays the game. He who produces game-playing offspring who won't submerge parental genes, wins."

The originality and accuracy of Mr Foster's entry impressed judges. In the competition, the public were invited to encapsulate the over 600-page seminal work into 140-character tweets on the popular Twitter website.

Theos received a wide range of entries (not all within the rules), including:

Velizou: thinks that #darwin would have had a much larger impact if he'd discovered #evolution 150 years later... with or without #twitter.  

shanu8:If man evolved from monkeys and apes. . . why do we still have monkeys and apes?

There was an old man from Kent

Whose thoughts, evolutionarily bent.

Some species live,

Some species die,

But none to heaven are sent. (John, on Times blog)

The strong with a partner in bed, the weak in a coffin - and dead. How simple is that? (oz71)

Charles Foster is author of The Selfless Gene.

Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth is host of The Sacred podcast. She was Theos’ Director from August 2011 – July 2021. She appears regularly in the media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, and writing in The Financial Times.

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Posted 11 August 2011

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