Feb 12 – World Darwin Day

Today marks the 199th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, naturalist and author of one of the most profoundly important books of the last 2000 years: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

To observe World Darwin Day, you could read about his life, his work or simply ponder the importance of his theory of evolution.

And that is probably the most important legacy: remember, scientists use the word Theory in a different way to its common usage. A scientific theory is not an unproven guess, but rather a rational and logical explanation of the observable facts based entirely on existing evidence. Theories like Darwin’s concept of evolution can and should be subjected to rigorous and continuous testing to ensure their robustness. And there is little that can honestly be said to challenge his theory’s veracity.

Personally, I reckon that approach beats the alternatives out there.

More info on WDD here and here.

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