Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Darwin Day!


Today, both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin would have been 200 years old. February 12, 1809 was quite the auspicious day -- thinking humanists around the world have so much to celebrate because of these two men. I hope you have a wonderful day -- go check out a party if you can!

8 comments:

Jon said...

Darwin has more bumper stickers than Lincoln.

N Waff said...

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= GOOGLE PROMOTES

= DARWIN'S FINCHES -

= EVIDENCE OF INTELLIGENT DESIGN

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I'm so glad Google used "Darwin's Finches" in their logo since they are evidence of Intelligent Design and not evolution. All the finches have the same DNA/genes, so there is no "evolution" from one beak sized bird to another. Designed in the finch is a regulator in the brain that releases the appropriate amount of protein to cause the beak to grown long or short. The same finch can have either a long or short beak - what an Intelligent Design.

Keera said...

I had cake today. That's because a co-worker turned 50 today. I wonder if she knows she shares her birthday with such famous and significant people?

June said...

Thanks for the smile...I'm going to have to remember this for an opportune moment...

alice said...

I had lunch (spinach quesadillas!) with a potter, and forgot to mention Darwin, but we covered a lot of other topics!

A Free Man said...

What the hell is your first commenter talking about? First of all, all of the finches do not have the same DNA. There is no 'regulator in the brain' that tells the beak to do anything. I don't think the person really understands either evolution or intelligent design. I'm so tired of know-nothing wackos.

alice said...

Well, thanks for getting that off my chest! ;-D

N Waff said...

A 2 second Google search - Here is one article from Harvard Science that explains the regulator.



http://www.harvardscience.harvard.edu/foundations/articles/how-darwins-finches-got-their-beaks



If you do a little more searching, you'll find studies that found, you can take one species, force a change in the Calmodulin protein level and it causes the length of the beaks to change.



The length of the finch beaks has nothing to do with evolution - it's an Intelligent Design built into the species.