Happy Darwin Day!

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Darwin Day is being celebrated all over the world today.  This February 12 marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, and everybody’s invited to the party. Groups around the world — from grade school classrooms, to museums, to churches — will celebrate the science of evolution with public lectures, teach-ins, theatre performances, art exhibits, etc.  If you are close to Boise State University, consider celebrating on campus. The evening speaker is Dr. James Coors.

The theory of evolution, compared to Creationism or Intelligent Design, is an authentic scientific theory because it is falsifiable based upon empirical evidence. The beauty of Darwin’s theory is that genetics, a field unknown in Darwin’s lifetime, continues to validate the theory.

When your neighbor says there is no evidence that humans and apes share a common ancestor, tell them about human chromosome #2

UPDATE: Sisyphus has a nice discussionon his blog about Darwin, science and those who misuse science.  While there, check out the 10 minute video he links to. It does a wonderful job of explaining what counts as a scientific theory and discussing those personal biases that keep many from scientific understanding.

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