Happy Birthday, Dear Darwin…

How evolved are you feeling these days? Some people will be taking a stand on their belief in evolution Monday, February 12, by throwing a party.

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It’s Charles Darwin’s birthday, and also- as your calendar may tell you- Abraham Lincoln’s. They were born on the same day in 1809.

They’re celebrating in Ithaca at The Museum of The Earth, with events coordinated by Cornell University. Among them, a speech tonight by a biologist.

“David S. Wilson, a professor of evolutionary biology at Binghamton University… urges those who believe in evolution to apply it to their lives. He hopes this celebration will accomplish that.

‘Evolution is more than just a explanation of how the world began,’ Wilson said. “It provides a way for thinking about human life.” The Elmira Star-Gazette

Weekend events will include the showing of a film that makes its position clear in its title: “Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus.” The international Darwin Day organization is already planning for Sir Charles’s Bicentennial in 2009, and the celebrations that evolve from that.

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