February 12, 2013

Darwin Day 2013

Charles Darwin, photographed by Julia Margaret...
Charles Darwin, photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Happy Darwin Day! Today is the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the day we celebrate his life and his many contributions to science. But Darwin Day has become even bigger than Darwin himself.

Darwin Day is not just a day to honor Darwin; it is also a day to recognize the value of science. This recognition is even more important in nations where religiously deluded politicians publicly oppose science.

Here's how the International Darwin Day Foundation describes what Darwin Day is all about:
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.
In honor of Darwin Day, I made a donation to the National Center for Science Education. I applaud their efforts, even as I struggle to comprehend how an organization like theirs could possibly be necessary in 2013. The point is that their efforts are necessary, and I want to support them when I'm able to do so.