23 January 2009

Andrew George, the Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, has commendably signed a House of Commons early day motion supporting calls for 12 February, the anniversary of Charles Darwin birth, to be a public holiday, Darwin Day. The motion celebrates Darwin’s setting out the theory of evolution by natural selection and celebrates him as “one of Britain’s greatest, if not the greatest, scientific minds.”

I support the call for Darwin Day. The theory of evolution by natural selection is one of the greatest discoveries of the human mind and enables us to make a just assessment of our place in the world and understand the common descent of all animals; and, with the work of the astronomers from Copernicus and Galileo onwards, our place in the universe.

The slogan of this blog is Eat the apple, look through the telescope. Very inadequately, here everyday struggles to be Darwin and Galileo day.