I received a cordial greeting from the National Association of Biology Teachers in my inbox yesterday. Happy Darwin Day they announced. I was so touched I started listing all of the things we have to thank Darwin, or rather his disciples, for: vestigial organs, missing links, transition fossils, junk DNA, the power of time over statistical improbability, punctuated equilibrium, the endosymbiont hypothesis, university biology departments now called Department of Evolution and Ecology, the American Humanist Association, and all other kinds of Douglas Adams brainstorms left on the publishing house floor.
To top it off, the NABT’s February issue of the American Biology T
This is all about good science of course and not about deifying scientists whose work supports a bankrupt ideology. American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt assures us, “While we take care not to deify our heroes of the past, and we take time to recognize their flaws, we are proud to continue recognizing the work of famed scientist Charles Darwin.”
And so, why not Newton Day, Faraday ( hehe, couldn’t resist), Einstein Day (he does have an element named for him at least). Alliteration, I am sure of it.