You have already been advised to Get Ready for Darwin Day 2011. Once again, as we reported two years ago, the signs and portents are appearing everywhere. As before, the grand old man’s visage is appearing on our breakfast toast.
All the educated, civilized segments of society seem to be gearing up to recognize the 202nd anniversary of Darwin’s birthday on 12 February. But as the excitement builds, we can’t help noticing a peculiar silence on the subject from the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
That is as it should be. While we prepare to celebrate Darwin Day, the Discoveroids are embracing Darwin’s fallen-away colleague, Alfred Wallace, who wasted his final decades in a fog of spiritualism. The Discoveroids rightly look to Wallace, not Darwin, for intellectual inspiration. See Discoveroids Adopt Alfred Wallace as Godfather.
Meanwhile, the Darwin Day website has an ever-growing list of scheduled events. There are easily over 100 celebrations listed there, many of them at churches. We even found one at a church iin Seattle — but we don’t expect many Discoveroids to be there.
If you plan to spend the day at home, you may want to check out the National Center for Science Education’s new multimedia page, where you can find all their videos, audios and podcasts, presentations, and charts and graphics.
What will your Curmudgeon be doing? As always, we’ll be keeping track of things from the CITADEL — the Curmudgeonly Institute for Tactics, Advocacy, and Defense of the Enlightenment Legacy — the secret global nerve center for monitoring events throughout the Creosphere, where your Curmudgeon is headquartered in his luxurious underground control room.
In case we don’t post about this again this year — Happy Darwin Day!
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