Tomorrow is Darwin Day


Tomorrow, February 12, is Darwin Day, and you can find lots of lectures and whatnot through next weekend at the website of the International Darwin Day Foundation. If you live near a university, you might also want to Google the words “Darwin Day” along with the name of your university, because the Foundation’s listing is apt to be incomplete. If you want to announce any events here, please do so in the comments section.


Well, OK – it is kind of hard to find this on the Web, so: The Secular Students and Skeptics Society at the University of Colorado presents a Darwin Day celebration from 10 till 5 on February 18, at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, followed by a movie, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, at 5. The day will consist of a series of 1-hour discussions, including what the fossil record tells about evolution, the evolution of language, the evolution of morality, and life on other planets.

New York City Skeptics is hosting its Darwin Day event this year at 2 PM at the Kimmel Center of New York University (NYU), over by Washington Square South (West 4th Street) and La Guardia Place (Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Sq):

The Evolution of Altruism and Social Intelligence

What can the decision making skills of monkeys tell us about our own tendency toward irrationality? How do chimps and human toddlers decide when and how to help others? Discover how surprisingly smart and “nice” our closest relatives are and how this impacted our own development and evolution.

On the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday, explore the origins of the human mind with prominent psychologists Laurie Santos, director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory at Yale Univeristy, and Felix Warneken, Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

Dr. Santos and Warneken join Massimo Pigliucci, philosopher and evolutionary biologist at the City University of New York, in discussion about altruism, decision making, and the evolution of human cognition.

Seating is free, but it is first come, first serve (The auditorium easily seats approximately 300 people.). This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Inquiry, New York.

More details here:[…]on-2012.html

Google’s not giving me anything for University of Cincinnati Darwin Day. Odd, they’re fairly strong on hard science (but remarkably weak on public outreach). Cincinnati Free Inquiry Group got Mayor Mark Mallory to declare tomorrow “Darwin Day” in Cincinnati, but I can’t find anything about lectures or public events. Thanks, FIG, for another FIG-leaf. You can frame this and stick it next to the Wall of Separation. That and $1.29 will get you a free sample at Graeters.

Or maybe my backwater major metropolitan area is still relying on newsletters to get the word out.

The night before Darwin day and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a Mus musculus. I can’t wait to see what the fat, jolly white bearded one has brought me!

I’m afraid the death of Whitney Houston will make everyone forget about Darwin Day, at least this year.

The Darwin Day event at the University of Colorado has been announced here. The complete schedule is as follows:

10a - Carol Cleland “Scientific Theories of the Origin of Life: Puzzles and controversies”

11a - Vic Stenger “Is the Universe Designed for Us?”

12p - Phillip Gilley “The Evolution of Language”

1p - Lunch and Kids Activities

2p - Matt Young “How Morality Evolved”

3p - Herbert Covert “What the Fossil Record Reveals about Human Evolution”

4p - Doug Duncan “Life on Other Planets”

5p-7p Movie in Hellems 199

I think the movie is “Darwin’s Dangerous Idea.”

Not entirely coincidentally, I just received an e-mail from the National Academies Press, in which they recommend

Darwin’s Gift: To Science and Religion, by Francisco Ayala, $22.46.

The following are available free as downloads:

Science, Evolution, and Creationism.

Evolution in Hawaii, by Steve Olson.

Understanding Climate’s Influence on Human Evolution.

A five-volume set, In the Light of Evolution, each volume of which is available free as a download.

*psst* In Light of Evolution has the url for Climate’s Influence.

In Light of Evolution has the url for Climate’s Influence.

Fixed. TYVM!

Let us not forget the sse Darwin birthday card

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Atheistoclast said:

If find this whole “Darwin Day” really creepy, and so would the great man himself. It seems like some want to worship the 19th century naturalist as some sort of prophet and hero.

A hero, yes– in the same way that the U.S. honor Washington, and Lincoln as political heroes. Only anti-evolutionists ever attempt to conflate a wish to honor a man’s massive contribution to knowledge with the worship of a deity.


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