The house that Alfred Russel Wallace rented on the "earthquake-tortured island of Ternate" in Indonesia has become legendary thanks to the fact that he was living there when he sent his famous essay on evolution by natural selection to Charles Darwin in March 1858. The house was largely made from plant material (wood and thatch) and would have rotted away long, long, ago, although a former Sultan of Ternate claimed that one of his more substantially built concrete houses was THE house.
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By George Beccaloni, August 2023
Well, you can chat with an AI system designed to mimic Wallace. You can access it here: https://deepai.org/chat/alfred-russel-wallace I asked it a number of questions, some of which are shown below together with the answers the system gave. I have not shown a number of other answers to more specific questions which the system got very wrong indeed!
Bill (William Russel) Wallace has kindly agreed to take on the role of Honorary Treasurer for the Wallace Memorial Fund. He is the great-grandson of Alfred Russel Wallace and replaces his late father Richard (1924 - 2022) in the role.
A final plea to save Wallace's historically very important medals from disappearing into a private collection:
By Dr George Beccaloni, September 2022
8th July 2022
Medals Awarded to Discoverer of Evolution by Natural Selection to be Sold
The prestigious medals awarded to honour the discovery of evolution by natural selection will be sold at auction in a few day's time. This is arguably the most important scientific theory ever proposed, so these awards must surely be some of the most important cultural objects in the history of science.