Arizona State University’s “Darwinfest”

YOU ALL KNOW that next year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, as well as the 200th anniversary of his birth. Various institutions are celebrating, and we’ve just learned that Arizona State University is one of them.

The website of Arizona State University has this article: E.O. Wilson to tout Darwin and ‘The Creation’, announcing that they’ve landed a big name in academia to be their headliner for their upcoming “Darwinfest.” It’s Edward O. Wilson. The article’s title is a subtle reminder of the book Wilson published last hear: The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth.

We’re informed by Wikipedia that Wilson is a biologist, a Harvard professor, and is known for “his career as a scientist, his advocacy for environmentalism, and his secular-humanist ideas pertaining to religious and ethical matters.” ASU proudly informs us:

On Nov. 4, Wilson will kick off ASU’s Darwinfest, a series of events and speakers that will tap into what Darwin set in motion when he stepped outside of the box 150 years ago to publish “On the Origin of Species.”

Stepping “outside of the box” doesn’t adequately describe the situation, but it gets better:

As Wilson writes: “The revolution in astronomy begun by Nicolaus Copernicus in 1543 proved that Earth is not the center of the universe, nor even the center of the solar system. The revolution begun by Darwin was even more humbling: it showed that humanity is not the center of creation, and not its purpose either. But in freeing our minds from our imagined demigod bondage, even at the price of humility, Darwin turned our attention to the astounding power of the natural creative process and the magnificence of its products.”

That’s a good way to put it. The article also notes:

There is not a single field in biology that is not affected by Darwinian evolutionary theory. Darwinian concepts have even been adopted in economics, technology and engineering.

In striking contrast, we should add, to the “science” of creationism, including its inbred love-child, intelligent design, which has accomplished nothing and never will.

The article notes that festivities begin on November 4. As the saying goes, if you’re in the neighborhood …

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