Endless Curiosity

February 12, 2009

Darwin – 200 today

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alec @ 2:09 pm

Today is the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. Amazingly, this many years  after Darwin’s birth, evolution is still rejected by much of the world.

Richard Dawkins describes evolution as “a big idea, arguably the most powerful idea ever.” Daniel Dennett calls evolution “the greatest idea ever to occur to a human mind.”

But in last year in this country a Gallup poll found that only 14% of people agreed with the proposition that “humans developed over millions of years”. Things are looking up though as only 9% agreed in 1982.

Here’s a great little easy-to-read article about Darwin.


  1. Maybe you can explain how would Darwin answer the following simple questions:

    1. How did the universe come to be from nothing?
    2. How could living things evolve from non-life?
    3. How could new genetic information arise to allow simple life-forms to evolve into complex life forms?


    Comment by jp — February 14, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

  2. 1. I have no idea, nor can anyone explain how a god came to be from nothing. Some things are currently mysteries.
    2. I’m not a biologist and don’t know the current thinking. But you are invoking the God of the Gaps concept – if we don’t currently know something, the answer must be God. Well, science progresses and fills the gaps. Many things that were ascribed to God a few hundred years ago are completely understood now.
    3. Unless I misunderstand the point, answers to this can be found in any textbook on evolution. For example, random mutations sometimes lead to a genetic advantage, which gets propagated to future generations.

    Comment by Alec — February 14, 2009 @ 5:09 pm

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