As our nation notes Abraham Lincoln’s birthday Feb. 12, the entire world celebrates the birthday of Charles Darwin, who is ranked among our greatest scientists. With his theory of evolution, Mr. Darwin liberated the human mind, while President Lincoln liberated millions of human beings by helping to end slavery.
International Darwin Day ( www.darwinday.org) reminds us to improve our world through education and reasoned discourse, and to reject foolish opposition to scientific knowledge and inquiry; the religious, superstitious and mythological traditions that feed such opposition; and the politicizing and undermining of science by ideologues and zealots.
By encouraging human beings to practice critical thinking and inspiring them to wonder about the world they live in, Darwin Day promotes an environment of learning that advances human development and fosters a sense of interest and respect for our natural world.
According to evolutionary biologist and Russian Orthodox Christian Theodosius Dobzhansky, who criticized creationism but espoused theistic education, nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. In contrast to most of the civilized world, a surprisingly large number of Americans still don’t believe in it — only 43% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats.
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Shame on our country!
George B. Kauffman