Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy 200th birthday Charles Darwin

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Darwin Day in the UK Today is also the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of ­Species, Darwin's most famous work. (link via guardian.co.uk) Related Internet Links: Darwin 200: Celebrating Charles Darwin's bicentenary Darwin - Big Idea Big Exhibition - The biggest ever exhibition about Darwin at the Natural History Museum. Special Darwin stamps from Royal Mail - The Royal Mail is issuing ten new Darwin stamps to celebrate his life and work. The BBC is marking Darwin's birthday with several radio programmes The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online The Voyage of the Beagle "blog" and cdarwin Twitter and an interesting article from NPR (National Public Radio) in the USA: Darwin, Britain's Hero, Is Still Controversial In U.S. I have to say that I was shocked after reading this in the NPR article: "There are actually 34 states in the United States that have passed anti-evolution laws of one kind or another," says Krishtalka, "whether it's stickers in textbooks or warnings that 'Reading this book with be injurious to your mental health," ... I think this is outrageous! How can anyone dispute scientific evidence?! Frankly, I'm rather embarrassed that this backward thinking is encouraged (through laws, no less!) in the USA. And to end on a happy note: Send your birthday wishes to Charles Darwin Edited to add: Today is also Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday! Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. Lincoln's Birthday to be Celebrated Across D.C. (link via washingtonpost.com)

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