Thursday, 12 February 2009

Darwin Day

Charles Darwin Today marks Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and this year marks the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species.

That’s 150 years since one of the biggest scientific revolutions in history. And 150 years of scorn and invective thrown at the man who prompted it.

The reasons for all the scorn are pretty obvious, though.

Darwin touched upon the question of our origins.

His work occupies a space many would prefer to keep unknowable, or to keep in the realms of the Gods.

But ultimately, and this is the real reason for the derision, Darwin’s ideas paved the way for the average man on the street to easily call bullshit on all this religious nonsense.

Darwin’s name is remembered because he dared to ask the questions most considered unanswerable.

And he dared to shine a light in places that religious powermongers would have preferred to keep in the dark.