Darwin Day

The realization that humans were produced by a long, ongoing evolutionary process, like every other living thing on the planet, suggested that many magical or supernatural creation stories are best considered as myths or metaphors rather than as literal truths. It also caused profound changes in our view of ourselves and our place in nature. On February 12, people around the world will celebrate the life and work of Charles Darwin, who was born on that date in 1809 and whose work was crucial to that realization. The Secular Alliance of Indiana University is celebrating Darwin Day with several events spread out over the week beginning on Sunday, February 10. Check it out at their Darwin Week page. For a list of events in other parts of the world, visit the International Darwin Day Foundation’s events page.