Friday, June 29, 2012

"My title will be On the Origin of Species. I shall keep god out of it."

The quote is from the father of modern biology in the movie Creation.

Another quote from the movie: "You killed god sir. You have killed god."

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online

Every educated person knows evolution is fact and magical creationism is fantasy. In this quote from On the Origin of Species Darwin explains why evolution is many times more interesting than magical creationism:

When we no longer look at an organic being as a savage looks at a ship, as something wholly beyond his comprehension; when we regard every production of nature as one which has had a long history; when we contemplate every complex structure and instinct as the summing up of many contrivances, each useful to the possessor, in the same way as any great mechanical invention is the summing up of the labour, the experience, the reason, and even the blunders of numerous workmen; when we thus view each organic being, how far more interesting - I speak from experience - does the study of natural history become!
— Charles Darwin

Two quotes about Charles Darwin and evolution:

Darwin anticipated problems with his theory. Modern science has answered them. Evolution by Natural Selection has been triumphantly vindicated as fact.
-- Richard Dawkins .

Darwin matters because evolution matters. Evolution matters because science matters. Science matters because it is the preeminent story of our age, an epic saga about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.
-- Michael Shermer

The best book ever written about the evidence for evolution: Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne, published in 2009, 150 years after Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species.

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