"Darwin was the first to use data from nature to convince people that evolution is true, and his idea of natural selection was truly novel. It testifies to his genius that the concept of natural theology, accepted by most educated Westerners before 1859, was vanquished within only a few years by a single five-hundred-page book. On the Origin of Species turned the mysteries of life's diversity from mythology into genuine science." -- Jerry Coyne
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Excellent music is excellent whether or not it's about bullshit. Handel's Messiah. Don't forget to stand for the Hallelujah Chorus. From wikipedia: "The custom of standing for the Hallelujah chorus originates from a belief that, at the London premiere, King George II did so, which would have obliged all to stand."