Celebrating Charles Darwin

On the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, and in the year of the 150th Anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, a New York Times op-ed offers a timely thought, “The cultural opposition to evolution was then, as now, scientifically irrelevant.” [added emphasis]. The BBC is covering the anniversary with an impressive series of programmes and a dedicated website. The Natural History Museum has more information and events. And Scientific American has a Darwin Day Special podcast. Meanwhile a mischievous Henry McDonald sought out the Chairman of the NI Assembly Education Committee, the DUP’s Mervyn Storey, for a quote or two.. He’s still confused about many things, including what the term “scientific theory” actually means.. and he seems to believe scientific understanding should be subject to “equality legislation”. [I, for one, welcome his acceptance of the need to teach His Noodly Appendage’s creationism! – Ed] Indeed. And that’s without getting into his views on what should be available at the Causeway Interpretative Centre.. Knowledge is, indeed, power. Adds More links at the Guardian.

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