Happy Darwin Day
- "Hundreds of groups across the United States and the globe will
celebrate the date as "Darwin Day" in honor of the discoveries and
life of the man who famously described biological evolution via
Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity
held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born
on in 1809. Specifically, it celebrates the discoveries and life of
Charles Darwin the man who first described biological evolution
via natural selection with scientific rigor. More generally, Darwin
Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific
knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has
contributed to the advancement of humanity.
"Darwin Day promotes understanding of evolution and the scientific
method," said Matt Cherry, executive director of the Institute for
Humanist Studies. "This celebration expresses gratitude for the
enormous benefit that scientific knowledge has contributed to the
advancement of humanity.""
"Evolution is 'true' not because the experts say it is, nor because
some world view demands it, but because the evidence overwhelmingly
supports it." Steve Pinker, Harvard University
"Evolution is the foundation of modern biology," Carl Zimmer.
This is from the blog of a friend of mine (Pr. Bill Cwirla) who doesn't mind having his material quoted as long as he is given credit and nothing is altered (if you do alter something, he'd rather not have his name attached to it).
A little story in honor of St. Darwin from a few years ago:
Once upon a time, a man took a long trip on a boat to a faraway island to look at birds and bugs and think about the origin of life. He came up with a Theory that nothing became everything all by itself, and he wrote a book about it.
His friends liked the book very much and began to look for all sorts of evidence to support the Theory. They searched up and down, high and low to find all sorts of things that proved how nothing became everything all by itself.
Soon they all got together and formed a little club called "Friends of the Theory." They began to insist that the Theory was the only possible explanation for all the evidence they had gathered to support the Theory. They refused to play with anyone who questioned the Theory or even to talk with them.
"How can nothing do something?" a wise old man once asked, scratching his head in confusion. "It just doesn't make sense." The Friends the Theory laughed at the old man and threw stones at him and called him names. "Religious stupid head," they yelled, which made the old man very sad.
Then the Friends of the Theory went to a judge so that no one could say anything bad about the Theory ever again. The judge ruled the Theory that nothing became everything all by itself was "science" and not religious stupid head stuff.
The Friends of the Theory were very happy with the judge. "See, all the smart people agree with us," they said. "And anyone who doesn't agree with us is a religious stupid head."
And that, my children, is how everyone came to believe that nothing became everything all by itself.
The moral of the story is: When people believe nothing, they will believe anything.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20)
- --- In email@example.com, Stan Slonkosky
He came up with
> a Theory that nothing became everything all by itself, and hewrote a book
> about it.Reply: A Theory in science is not the same as a theory in everything
else. We have the theory of gravity, germ theory, even the fact that
the earth goes around the sun is a scientific theory. A scientific
theory is built upon one or more hypotheses, and upon evidence, and
we have more evidence for evolution than almost any other theory.
> His friends liked the book very much and began to look for allsorts of
> evidence to support the Theory. They searched up and down, highand low to
> find all sorts of things that proved how nothing became everythingall by
> itself.Reply: Evolution does not explain how nothing became everything all
by itself, and this shows how ignorant your friend is. You see,
Christians don't attack evolution, they attack a caricature of that
theory...and this is why they cannot and should not be taken
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Heinz Schmitz"
>Thank you for putting that so clearly. When you describe exactly what
> Reply: A Theory in science is not the same as a theory in everything
> else. We have the theory of gravity, germ theory, even the fact that
> the earth goes around the sun is a scientific theory. A scientific
> theory is built upon one or more hypotheses, and upon evidence, and
> we have more evidence for evolution than almost any other theory.
constitutes a scientific theory, it becomes abundantly clear that
evolution should not be considered a scientific theory.
It is the interpretation of the evidence that supports evolution, not
the evidence itself. The same evidence interpreted biblically fully
supports divine creation.
- --- In email@example.com, "sopater_berean"
> Thank you for putting that so clearly. When you describe exactly
> constitutes a scientific theory, it becomes abundantly clear thatAgain, the evidence for evolution is overwhelming.
> evolution should not be considered a scientific theory.
> It is the interpretation of the evidence that supports evolution,not
> the evidence itself. The same evidence interpreted biblicallyfully
> supports divine creation.Then it points to a creator that is either inept, cruel, or both. As
> God bless.
Dawkins clearly put it:
The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is
beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me
to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten
alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with
fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping
parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst,
and disease. It must be so. If there ever is a time of plenty, this
very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population
until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored. In a
universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and
genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people
are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in
it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the
properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no
purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.