Mark your calendars, everyone; Darwin Day is coming up! On or about February 12, the anniversary of Darwin’s birth, people around the world gather to celebrate science and “come together as one human family in appreciation of verifiable knowledge that has been acquired solely through human curiosity and ingenuity.” (The quote is from the Darwin Day events page, which lists events worldwide.)
This year, thanks to the Secular Alliance of IU, Bloomingtonians can join in the fun. Next Sunday, February 12, at 7pm in Student Building 231 on the IU Bloomington campus, the SAIU will host a Darwin Day celebration featuring two speakers: Tom Schoenemann from the anthropology department will discuss the evolution of language, and undergraduate researcher Wendy Anderson will give a brief presentation about the evolution of altruism followed by an open discussion session. The event is open to everyone.
If you’re not familiar with the idea behind Darwin Day and want to learn more, it’s worth looking at the International Darwin Day Foundation’s About Darwin Day page.