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[13 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]
Happy Birthday Darwin

Yesterday was Darwin’s birthday. Born 12 February 1809 in Shrewsbury he would’ve been 200 years old! Coincidentally Lincoln was born 200 years ago also!!! Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky, what are the chances?
Both men had fairly interesting lives but I think the overall achievement award has to go to Darwin. Arguably the single most important scientific contribution in the history of the planet: “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection”.
To truly appreciate this man’s work you have to imagine what things were like back in 1859. …

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[11 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]

In a recent Channel 4 documentary on evolution, presented by Richard Dawkins, he makes the following statement:
"The total amount of suffering in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to say these words, thousands of animals are running for their lives whimpering with fear, feeling teeth sink into their throats. Thousands are dying from starvation or disease or feeling a parasite rasping away from within. There is no central authority, no safety net. For most animals the reality of life …

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[7 Mar 2007 | No Comment | ]

Here’s another book I got for Christmas. It’s called the The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design [LINK] by Richard Dawkins.
The book is an interesting discussion on various aspects of evolution and why they make sense. It does a great job of conveying just how incredibly complicated the world really is. It’s really amazing the amount of variety and complexity that exists in the known world.
"Just as finding a watch would lead you to conclude that a watchmaker must exist, the …