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    Darwin Day: Scientist Celebrate Evolution

    Scientists celebrate evolution on Darwin's birthday

    By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY

    Darwin Day came in a big way last year — with hundreds of Feb. 12 celebrations noting the bicentennial birthday of evolution's icon all over the globe.
    Perhaps not as many events will come this year, for the 201st anniversary on Feb. 12, 2010, of the birth of Charles Darwin. The International Darwin Day Foundation notes only 91 scheduled, but "more are likely coming," says Michael McCamman of the American Humanist Association, which lists the events.

    Scientists, meanwhile, are still celebrating evolution in their standard way, by doing science and extending Darwin's ideas.

    "What he thought happens over great lengths of time, we've found happens daily and hourly," says Princeton's Peter Grant. Grant and his wife and colleague Rosemary, have for more than 35 years studied the creatures of the Galapagos Islands, particularly Darwin's Finches.

    Darwin famously collected those same finches on his 1835 visit to the island aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, finding with some surprise on his return to London "a most singular group of finches, related to each other in the structure of their beaks, short tails, form of body and plumage: There are thirteen species," he wrote in his journal. He had thought them all the same species of blackbirds, until informed otherwise by an ornithologist, John Gould.

    Darwin's finches, and many of the other creatures he observed on his voyage helped inform his 1859 On the Origin of Species (celebrating its 151st anniversary on Feb. 12 as well), where he laid out his idea of species evolving from earlier ones by natural selection, the inheritance of successful traits by offspring. He noted the variation in beak size from island to island, adapted for the food prevalent in each location for each species, from the Large Ground Finch, equipped with a powerful nutcracker of a beak, to the needle-nosed Warbler Finch, primed for picking up small seeds.

    The Grants' work is best known from Jonathan Weiner's 1994 book, The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time, still one of the best-regarded books about evolution around. "What we have done extends (Darwin's) ideas about evolution and natural selection, showing it is not only possible to observe but measure evolution over a short period of time," Grant says.

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    Yes, "short periods of time". Maybe one day they'll finally concede that the Earth's age is determined in thousands rather than millions of years.

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    I’m a big fan of Darwin. It’s a shame that his work has been so selectively publicised and that much of what he has to say about race is ignored altogether!

    Gardisten, do you have any proof of what you say relating to the age of the Earth? I know that the Bible claims it’s only about 6000 years old and I’d be keen to know if you have any other sources apart from this.

    TBH, I always take “established” truths with a pinch of salt, whether it’s the moon landing, The Holocaust™ 9/11 or global warming. Some call this conspiracy theorizing but my intuition tells me the Earth is much younger than its official age of several billions of years, and perhaps closer to the 6,000-10,000 years proposed by Creationists and (to some extent) backed up by Young Earth scientists.

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    Okay, so I'll take it that you believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old because it says so in the Bible. That's very disappointing

    In my naivety, I was hoping that you Christians had actually THOUGHT about this!!

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    Thousands? Really? And maybe next they will also concede that the earth is flat and the sun revolves around it? lmao

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    Yes, this is what I'm a bit wary of here.

    If Christians are genuinely interested in finding out how old the Universe is then fine, but I dare say there's an agenda involved that goes beyond the quest for scientific knowledge. How long before they start shrinking the size of the Universe and restoring the Earth to the centre of it, purely as a biblical expedient?

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    Thousands? Really? And maybe next they will also concede that the earth is flat and the sun revolves around it? lmao
    What is scary, is the fact that a lot of people still actually believe that the Earth is flat!

    I hope that not many people take these articles below seriously.

    I have posted them for their comedic value!

    Ever since the official signing of the Flat Earth Society's charter, one of our most difficult goals was to understand the mindset of those we were trying to save. The complexities of Efimovich's theory, that theory's convoluted nature and dependence on flawed logic and the omission of obstructions make it nearly impossible to understand at all, let alone understand why anyone would believe such dribble.

    Although we have, through the years, made significant progress towards understanding the viewpoint of Efimovich's followers, we still recognize the holes in the intricate web Efimovich wove. Ours is the truth, the truth of the world's flatness, and ours is also the burden of proof. We are the minority, the followers of lies being the majority, and we gladly accept our burden, if in the end that acceptance means ridding the world of the foul half-truths spread by Grigori Efimovich and his brood of vipers. We present the following five arguments, each completely logical and to some degree building off of the arguments before it. We hope that, after carefully considering what we say here, you will look a with a little less ridicule on the Flat Earth Society and its members.
    More:http://www.alaska.net/~clund/e_djubl...rthsociety.htm
    There is definitely still a lot of fanatics, out there!

    History of the Flat Earth Society

    The modern age of the Flat Earth Society dates back to the early 1800s, when it was founded by Samuel Birley Rowbotham, an English inventor. Samuel Rowbotham's Flat Earth views were based largely on literal interpretation of Bible passages. His system, called Zetetic Astronomy, held that the earth is a flat disk centered at the North Pole and bounded along its southern edge by a wall of ice, with the sun, moon, planets, and stars only a few hundred miles above the surface of the earth. After Rowbotham's death in 1884, followers of his Zetetic Astronomy founded the Universal Zetetic Society.

    Flat Earth theory spread to the United States, largely in the town of Zion, Illinois where Christian Catholic Apostolic Church founder John Alexander Dowie and later Wilbur Glenn Voliva promoted Flat Earth theory. Voliva died in 1942 and the church quickly disintegrated. Flat Earthism remained in Zion, gradually becoming less popular into the 1950s.

    The International Flat Earth Society was formally founded in 1956 by Samuel Shenton, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Geographic Society. Shenton died in 1971 and Charles K. Johnson became president of the International Flat Earth Society. Johnson actively and charistmatically promoted the Society and, over time, its membership increased to over 3,000. His wife Marjory took an active role in the Society as well, often contributing articles to the Flat Earth Society Newsletter.

    In 1995, a fire destroyed the Johnson's home as well as all of the Flat Earth Society's library, archives and membership lists. Following a long period of poor health, Charles K. Johnson's wife Marjory Johnson passed away in 1996. He vowed to rebuild the society. Sadly, Charles K. Johnson passed away in 2001 at the age of 76, leaving the Society's future uncertain.

    After several years of inactivity, the Flat Earth Society was resurrected in 2004 and remains active today at theflatearthsociety.org. The Society officially reopened to new members on 30th October 2009.

    More:http://theflatearthsociety.org/cms/i...d=48&Itemid=65

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