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Darwin Day Celebration

Statements & Essays

In this section you will find short statements, and essays that provide the scientific rationale for celebrating Darwin, Science, and Humanity. We invite you to send a brief statement, or an essay of 1,000 words or fewer, on this topic to info@darwinday.org, for consideration.

1. Science is not just a matter of opinion
Richard Zare, Chairman of Chemistry Department, Stanford University
2. Show Me the Science
Daniel Dennett, Tufts University
3. One side can be wrong
Richard Dawkins, Oxford Univ.,and Jerry Coyne, Univ. of Chicago
4. Scientific progress can't be put back in the box
David Ewing Duncan wrote an aknowledged article on modern struggles between science and religion, and how they are effecting the upcoming elections.
5. The Ancestor's Tale - A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
Richard Dawkins, Oxford University
"The renowned biologist and thinker Richard Dawkins presents his most expansive work yet: a comprehensive look at evolution, ranging from the latest developments in the field to his own provocative views."

Darwin's evolution is central in biology
Steven Jones

Charles Darwin turned biology into science, rather than stamp-collecting. Before 1859 many clever people were hard at work on fossils, on anatomy, on sheep-breeding and on the infinite variety of life but nobody realised that they were all studying the same thing: evolution. Now, every piece of biological information - from studies of the Pre-Cambrian to the new comparative anatomy (otherwise known as molecular biology) and even to much of medicine - can be added to the great edifice known as evolution which is so familiar to and accepted by all biologists that they sometimes forget its central importance. Darwin Day reminds us of its great architect, and is time to celebrate his ideas. They place us firmly within the living world, and not above it.

Steve Jones is a highly regarded geneticist and snail biologist. He is interested in why so much diversity exists in animals and plants: why no two individuals are alike. Jones has been writing and lecturing about science to a general audience for fifteen years.