"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge; it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science." --Charles Darwin
"It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." --Carl Sagan
I just checked my email for the first time this morning and found that I had received a message from the American Museum of Natural History (and Herstory) giving me the same notice about Darwin's nascence. I decided to share the news on DU. Due to a recent change (last 6 months or so) in my behavior I now search for posts on the same topic before authoring a duplicate. I hope my chance of survival at DU is improved by this random change.
See evolution happens all around us, all the time.
Here is the text of the email from the AMNH:
Dear Mr. .....
In honor of Charles Darwin's birthday (born February 12, 1809), I am excited to share with you the Museum's Darwin Manuscripts Project. Follow this link to view meticulously edited transcripts of Charles Darwin's digitized manuscripts, documenting the brilliant and relentless work he undertook to revolutionize our understanding of the natural world.
This online project will make some 45,000 authentic Darwin manuscripts accessible to the public. In these documents you can trace the development of Darwin as a thinker, a keen-eyed collector, an inspired observer, and a determined experimenter.
I hope you enjoy this treasure trove of insight and inspiration and join me in wishing Darwin a very happy birthday.
Louise Adler, Director of Membership
The documents I looked at are very cool. Unfortunately, posting an example here would violate copyright, so you'll have to browse four yourself. Enjoy!