Is there any connection between Darwin's views and Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle?

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This is a really interesting question! Holmes scholars, you may have a better idea here, but I'll give it a shot.

Darwin lived from 1809-1882 and Arthur Conan Doyle lived from 1859-1930.  Darwin was a naturalist and Doyle studied medicine and eventually practiced opthamology. Given that they were partly contemporaries and that they were both living in the same country and that Darwin's ideas were revolutionary at the time (and still controversial for some today) and that both men were involved in scientific/biological careers, I would say it is safe to say that Doyle was certainly aware of Darwin, likely influenced by him. 

He quotes Darwin in "The Study of Scarlet" (I think this is the right story):

"Do you know what Darwin says about music? He claims that...

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