Thursday, February 12, 2009

To quote Carl Sagan ...

"Evolution is not a theory -- it's a fact. It really happened."

Happy 200th birthday, Charles Darwin. You gave us the most profound truth in all of science (and therefore the most profound truth of all). Relativity was interesting, in an abstract way; the Copernican revolution, likewise. But that species originate through natural selection speaks directly to who we are, and how we came to be here.

Tonight, I'll be on Discovery Channel Canada's Daily Planet, talking about evolution. Thank you, Charles Darwin, for the great gift you gave us.
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. -- Charles Darwin

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At February 12, 2009 2:01 PM , Blogger brian_l_raney said...

Sigh... it is also the 200th Birthday of Abraham Lincoln, and we all know the news will spend most of the day celerbrating him over the famed Naturalist. At least we'll have you, Rob, to help remind us that two great men were born on this day 200 years ago.


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