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Origin of Species Day! G’wan – taunt a Creationist. Then Evolve.

November 24, 2015



Today is the 156th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species (1859).  It’s a good moment to reflect not only on the evidential logic and explanatory power of Darwin’s work, but also the peculiar beauty of the theory.   Persons of an avowedly religious persuasion have spent rather too much time attacking Darwin and rather less time considering the extent to which Natural Selection ties us all together.

Margaret Atwood’s recent sci-fi eco-apocalyptic trilogy creates a group called “God’s Gardeners” who have managed to absorb Darwinian evolution into a holistic vision of life in all its dazzling variety.  She creates a whimsical, eclectic, but not unsympathetic religion – subject to various practical and definitional problems – but nonetheless appealing.

I remember I was about ten years old when the BBC did a double-Darwin on me.   Maybe these programmes were months apart, but they appeared to come on top of each…

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