Global scientific celebration: Feb. 12 is Darwin Day

Global scientific celebration: Feb. 12 is Darwin Day

On Feb. 12, 1909, the 100th birth anniversary of Darwin and the 50th anniversary of his famed publication of On the Origin of Species were celebrated by the New York Academy of Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History. A bronze bust of Darwin was unveiled.

Scientists and academics sometimes celebrated Feb. 12 with a "Phylum Feast" event, or rather a meal with foods from as many different phyla as they could manage, at least as early as 1972, 1974 and, in Canada, 1989.

In 2015, United States’ Delaware Gov. Jack Markell declared Feb. 12 as “Charles Darwin Day,” making Delaware the first state in America to formally mark the occasion.

House Resolution 67, introduced by Rep. Jim Hines in the United States House of Representatives on Feb. 2, 2015, designated Feb. 12 as Darwin Day in the U.S. It recognized Darwin as "a worthy symbol on which to focus… a global celebration of science and humanity.”

Various events are held on Darwin Day around the world. They include dinner parties with special recipes for primordial soup and other inventive dishes, workshops, lectures and debates, essay and art competitions, concerts, poetry readings, plays, and much more. The Darwin Day Celebration website offers free registration and display of all Darwin Day events.

“Darwin Day in America” video provided by John G. West tells how an ideological interpretation of Darwinian biology and reductionist science used to degrade American culture and fuel a relentless march from democracy to technocracy in criminal justice, welfare, business, education, and bioethics.

The following video previews some of the topics of the book, which was released in an expanded paperback edition in 2015.

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