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10 Things You May Not Know About Charles Darwin


February 12 is Darwin Day, a global celebration of science and reason held on the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth in 1809. To commemorate Darwin Day, check out 10 things you may not know about the famed evolutionary biologist.

1. Darwin was born on the same day as Abraham Lincoln.
Both Darwin and Lincoln were born on February 12, 1809, but in much different settings. While America’s 16th president was born in a rude log cabin in the Kentucky wilderness, Darwin was born in a grand Georgian house on an estate overlooking the River Severn and the medieval market town of Shrewsbury, England.

2. He waited more than 20 years to publish his groundbreaking theory on evolution.
Darwin’s five-year voyage around the world on HMS Beagle, which ended in 1836, provided him with invaluable research that contributed to the development of his theory of evolution and natural selection. Concerned, however, about the public and ecclesiastical acceptance of his deeply radical idea, he did not present his theory on evolution until 1858 when he made a joint announcement with British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who was about to go public with a similar concept to Darwin’s. The next year, Darwin published his seminal work, “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.”

3. Darwin suffered from chronic illnesses.
After returning from his trip around the world, Darwin began to suffer from exhaustion, eczema and chronic bouts of nausea, headaches and heart palpitations that would persist for the rest of his life. Some speculate that during his travels Darwin may have contracted a parasitic illness called Chagas disease that can eventually result in cardiac damage, which ultimately caused Darwin’s death.

4. He composed a pro/con list to decide on whether to marry.
Displaying a logical inclination even in matters of the heart, Darwin in 1838 composed a list with two columns delineating the upsides and downsides of marriage. In the “Marry” column: “children, ” “constant companion (and friend in old age)…better than a dog anyhow” and “someone to take care of house.” In the “Not Marry” ledger: “freedom to go where one liked, ” “conversation of clever men at clubs” and “loss of time.” Not on Darwin’s list, however, were family ties for he married his first cousin Emma Wedgwood in 1839.

Darwin Day 2010: Lecture in NYC

by Mr_Whipp1e

Time: Saturday, Feb. 13, 2:00 PM
Place: Hunter College, Hunter West Building, Lecture Room 714 (room subject to change)
On the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday, come hear prominent paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall give a public lecture about Darwin and his impact on what we know about human evolution. Tattersall, curator in the anthropology department at the American Museum of Natural History, will then sit down for a conversation with Massimo Pigliucci, Chair of the philosophy department at City University of New York (CUNY) at Lehman College. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow

The theory of historical development

by Pinko-Commie

Did not really arise until a veritable explosion of it in multiple fields in the mid-nineteenth century.
Some folks who transformed their fields by recognizing that the study of historical development was the key to a full understanding of the subject at hand:
Charles Darwin - evolution
Karl Marx - political economy
Charles Lyell - geology
August Schleicher - linguistics
No doubt with a bit of searching, you could easily expand on this list. The intellectual class at that time tended to have effects on itself quickly from one field to another

Evolution is religion

by Godisawesome

> (No man quoted below is a creationist)
> [Darwin, speaking about Huxley:] "My good and kind agent for the
> propagation of the Gospel, the devil's gospel." (Robert T. Clark and James
> D. Bales, "Why Scientists Accept Evolution", (1988), p. 45.)
> "Darwin wrote in his autobiography: `I can indeed hardly see how anyone
> ought to wish Christianity to be true ..." (M. Grano, "The Faith of
> Darwinism", Encounter, November 1959, p. 48)
> "The fact of evolution is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in
> the peculiar position of being a science founded on an unproved theory -
> is it then a science or faith?" (L


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