Do you believe in Evolution?

The other day it was Darwin Day. I happened to mention at work to everyone at a meeting, “Happy Darwin Day!”. I thought it important to say it, as I have to suffer through Merry Christmas and Happy Easter every year. One of staff responded to my comment with, “wasn’t Darwin a monkey?”. Yes, she is religious. I let that one slide. 😉

But, it got me thinking about which religions believe in evolution as the best explanation of the origins of life. It turns out that Friendly Atheist found a nice poll on the religions in the USA that believe in evolution!

Apparently some of those religions are burying their heads in the sand. The following comic sort of put the brain washing into context!

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Happy 200th Birthday Charles Darwin!

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Go buy a copy of The Origin of Species, learn something new, and enjoy the day!

200th Birthday of Charles Darwin! Let’s Celebrate!

In only a couple of days, February 12th,2009, Charles Darwin would have been 200! Though it seems a bit ironic making a big event out of his birthday( don’t the Christians do something like this every year? ), I suppose it is a huge leap forward for humanity that Charles Darwin was born. Even 150 years after the publishing of the Origin of Species, charles_darwin_young1evolution is a hot topic. It is widely debated, tested, cursed, praised, and even been called the biggest discovery of human history.

There are many events all over the world to celebrate the father of evolution by natural selection. So as to keep your web surfing to a minimum I have compiled a short but good list of various celebrations and events happening to make this year’s Darwin Day memorable!

  • To start, here is darwin200.org. A great site for you UK readers of all the events around Charles Darwin’s birthday.
  • Over at Darwinday.org, they have come up with a Google Map so you can find events in your area!
  • The Linnean Society of London where Darwin and Wallace’s papers were read 151 years ago, has some events planned too! Damn, why don’t I live in the UK????
  • Darwin-online.org.uk has a huge listing of events around the world! Including Canada…finally.
  • Nature.comhas the following to say about Darwin…”Darwin was arguably the most influential scientist of modern times. No single researcher has since matched his collective impact on the natural and social sciences; on politics, religions, and philosophy; on art and cultural relations, and in ways that the man himself would never have imagined.” Well said!

Now go out and wish everyone you know a Happy Darwin Day!!!

Top 10 Evolution Articles of 2008

For those that have followed my blog for the last couple of years, you will probably have read many articles about evolution. In the dying days of 2008, the site New Scientist is offering their top 10 articles on evolution for free! Check it out!

150 years after Darwin proposed it, evolution by natural selection continues to be both a battleground and a hotbed of ideas.

Scientists continue to respond to the latest attacks from creationists, and at the same time propose profound new ideas about evolution.

[From Darwin’s dangerous idea: Top 10 evolution articles – life – 28 December 2008 – New Scientist]

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Christmas is coming. Time to Blasphemy!

Today we got the first Christmas card of the year featuring the baby Jesus from a religious relative. Here is the saying inside the card.

Praying that the joy of Jesus will be with you as you celebrate His birth. Have a blessed Christmas!

I just get sick when I get this stuff…Being the guy I am, I started thinking about what I should send out for X-mas cards this year.

Normally we try to send out the most generic cards that mention the (vague) holidays and something about the new year(we all seem to celebrate that!). But, there are a few new Flying Spaghetti Monster cards now being sold. If I wasn’t so late every year getting the damn things out in the mail, I may have picked one of the following…

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On one of my favourite sites(www.evolvefish.com), they have a boat load of funny images you can put on t-shirts, stickers, mugs, etc… Here are some of my favs.

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I’ll add some more soon! Good luck living through the next month!

Evolution is the topic of the day!

I read many stories about evolution, usually on a daily basis. Most of the time, it is just out of personal interest and the pursuit of personal development. Too often, I forget that when I find good articles on evolution, I should share them with you!! Science isn’t usually about grabbing headlines, shocking readers, etc…It is about discovering the truth. But, I have been collecting a few articles about evolution, and have decided that today is the day! Enjoy.

Some slender Australian lizards called skinks have gone from being five-fingered to legless (like most snakes) in just 3.6 million years, a new study finds. That’s a blink of an eye in geologic time…

[Click the link for moreEvolution in Action: Lizards Losing Limbs | LiveScience]

There are many battles in the scholastic world to discredit evolution, and try to make the public believe that scientists disagree on evolution, and there is a growing movement towards intelligent design. One of the biggest battle zones is Texas. Turns out that a recent survey in Texas had 99% of the science professors that replied discrediting intelligent design! Pretty big consensous there! More evidence that the intelligent design movement is bullshit!

It reveals the results of a survey sent to biology and “biological anthropology” faculty members from “all 35 public universities plus the 15 largest private institutions in Texas,” in which they were asked to take the following taste test: evolution or intelligent design?… [Dallas – Unfair Park – It’s Science: Ninety-Nine Percent of Texas Science Professors Surveyed Don’t Believe in Intelligent Design]

Here is an interesting article of the merging of data that geological phemoninom in Africa triggered evolution in Hominins(humans and ancestors of humans).

[From Did The Planet’s Tectonics Trigger Human Evolution?]

And one of the founders of the theory of evolution, Charles Darwin is having his 200th birthday, and a web site is asking for you to go to their site and record a video of why you are Darwin. The site is called http://www.i-am-darwin.org/. Check it out!

Science, Politics, and Religion, oh my!

I found this great article on the top 5 reasons evolution and global warming nay-sayers don’t get science. It is well written, and there is even a rebuttal by an intelligent design proponent for you to see what creationists “argue” is fact. Once again, a poor understanding of the scientific method…

All too often we are “treated” to yet another story about some ’study’ that has definitively refuted Evolution or Anthropogenic Climate Change. Generally the mere claim tells you with 99.99% certainty that the ’study’ is wrong or grossly misrepresented. The very idea that a single study could disprove either is improbable in the extreme…

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