Happy 200th Anniversary of Darwin!

February 12, 2009

Today is February 12, Darwin’s day (hat tip skepchick)! It is the day the man who came up with the theory of evolution (he did have help, of course) was born. I also give kudos to Alfred Wallace who came up with the same idea shortly after Darwin. Now, evolution as we know it today has evolved (haha! pun intended) over time and have been modified to fit data. Even then, the core idea has survived over a century, which is natural selection. Basically, it says that species evolve because every organisms have the capacity to overproduce and tax the resources, but each organism born is slightly different from others. Those with traits that enable them better survival will allow them to pass on their genes into the next generation, and over time, the species will adapt to the environment. This theory is remarkably simple, yet at the same time, it is not obvious until you have known it. Then, it will seem obvious, and you will think “duh!” Anyways, this theory is really cool, it basically explains all life and why they are that way.

Anyways (argh! too much anyways!), as a celebration, I give you this blog, which as you can guess by the name, blogs on the book Origins of Species.

Oh, and I love this quote from Darwin, since I can relate to him: “I have tried lately to read Shakespeare and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.”