Archive for February, 2012
February has not been a good month for Richard Dawkins. The foundations of controversial Oxford University professor, the foremost champion of Darwinist evolution, referring to himself as “Darwin’s pit bull”, and billed as the world’s “most famous atheist”, developed colossal cracks.
On February the first evidence of cracking appeared. On the 14th, Dawkins appeared on the BBC Radio 4’s Today program to talk about the poll results his organization, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, had conducted. The poll survey conducted by Ipsos Mori showed that half of the people who described themselves as Christian on the 2011 census do not consider themselves religious. The criticism ironically opened the door to his first major “God” crack. Continue Reading
Privately, in a letter to Joseph D. Hooker in February 1871 Darwin alternatively speculated that life might have actually originated in “some warm little pond, with all sorts of ammonia and phosphoric salts, light, heat, electricity, &c., present, that a proteine compound was chemically formed ready to undergo still more complex changes”. Continue Reading
On February 12, 1809, 203 years ago Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the very same day. Today, while both are honored on their countries’ paper currency, Lincoln on the U.S. five-dollar bill and Darwin on the English ten-pound note, they were born into two different worlds, with two different destinies.
Eugenie Scott, anthropologist and director of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California and recognized as one of the nation’s leading defender of evolution in public education, advocates a model of evolution marketing that uses and avoids specific terms.
One term to use is “accept” and one word to avoid is “believe”. Continue reading