Darwin Day 2009

I dunno how many people even read this blog any more, but I’m putting this stuff out there anyway.

You might know that tomorrow is the birthday of Charles Darwin (and, incidentally, Abraham Lincoln), and if you know that, you probably also know it’s his 200th birthday. Old geezer.

Later this year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, so there’s a lot of churn in the media right now regarding evolution. I’m going to spend a few days pointing out some of this material, and then this blog will probably fall silent again until November, when more stuff comes online.

First, though, a couple of events worth mentioning. If you live in or near my current stomping grounds, Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University biologist Kenneth Miller will be speaking tonight, February 11, on the topic God, Darwin, and Design: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul, at Beneficent Congregational Church, at 7:30 p.m. Visit the church site for more information.

If you live in or near my hometown–Evansville, Indiana–Dr. Miller will be speaking there, as well, on February 17, at the University of Southern Indiana. Event details are here.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Miller’s an interesting fellow, as this piece from the Brown alumni magazine attests–a practicing Roman Catholic, a staunch defender of evolution, and a committed opponent of the proposition that creationism or intelligent design be taught in schools. He has several books, which I haven’t read. I’m an atheist, and since his books discuss reconciling religion and evolution, they’re not quite at the top of my reading list. I don’t mean to be dismissive of his work; it’s just that when I want to read about evolution, which is all the time these days, there are many other books that appeal to me more.


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