200 years ago Charles Darwin was born and changed us forever.
This guy realized –and proved– that all species have evolved over time from common ancestors through a process he called natural selection. “Arguably the most powerful idea ever”, or at least a neat thought which eventually killed Adam and Eve.
Evolution had started, growing up together with Mendel’s patterns of heredity, the discovery of DNA or the developmental biology. Before him we had no clue about life; philosophers, scientists, religious people, politicians, … all had said many things before, but it had to be Darwin the one to put as on the right track.
Once again, many thanks Charles and happy birthday!
These are the times we are living in:
Barack Obama has first telephone conversation with the Pope: At a press conference on Tuesday the Vatican on infant mortality, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, the Pope’s “health minister”, strongly reiterated the Vatican’s opposition to using embryos for research purposes when asked about signs that Mr Obama might reverse or relax the Bush administration’s executive order banning the use of embryos and limiting federal spending for stem cell research. He said embryonic stem cell research “served no purpose”.
Hold on, there is more:
Religion can never justify terrorism or killing of innocents, General Assembly declares: “Concerned about serious instances of intolerance, discrimination, hatred expressions, and harassment of minority religious communities of all faiths, participating States underlined the importance of promoting dialogue, understanding, and tolerance among human beings, as well as respect for all their diverse religions, cultures and beliefs,” according to a declaration read out at a news conference by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the meeting concluded.
Last but not least:
Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design in the USA