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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:17 AM

Happy Darwin Day!!!! How will YOU help advance Science and Humanity?

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Well, another year has come and gone, and in it's wake, more and more people are opening their eyes to Science as the best way to understand our world, our universe, and ourselves. Fewer and fewer are looking to superstition and mythology for answers about the real world, and ignorance is slowly but surely, ebbing into the night.

What is Darwin Day?

A Global Celebration

Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809. Specifically, it celebrates the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin — the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor. More generally, Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity.

The International Darwin Day Foundation website provides resources and publicity for individuals and institutions across the world to celebrate science and humanity every year, on, or near, February 12, Darwin’s birthday. In addition to information about the life and legacy of Charles Darwin, this website provides practical examples, advice and templates for organizing and publicizing Darwin Day events. It also provides a directory of events where you can find celebrations taking place near you or register your own event for others to find.

Recognizing science as an international language accessible to all individuals and societies, the International Darwin Day Foundation provides a new global holiday that transcends separate nationalities and cultures. Darwin Day can be celebrated in many different ways: civic ceremonies with official proclamations, educational symposia, birthday parties, art shows, book discussions, lobby days, games, protests, and dinner parties. Organizers may include: academic societies, science organizations, freethought groups, religious congregations, libraries, museums, galleries, teachers and students, families and friends. In Darwin Day, we are able to recognize the diversity among us, while celebrating our common humanity and the universal understanding we share.

http://darwinday.org/about/



Some of our Congresscritters are again submitting a bill to recognize Darwin Day, much like the National Day of Prayer, so if you accept science as the best way to understand our world, contact your Congressperson and urge them to co-sponsor and/or support this bill TODAY!



H.RES.41.IH- -- Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity. (Introduced in House - IH)

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 41

Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 22, 2013

Mr. HOLT submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

RESOLUTION

Expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.

Whereas Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by the mechanism of natural selection, together with the monumental amount of scientific evidence he compiled to support it, provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth;

Whereas the validity of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is further strongly supported by the modern understanding of the science of genetics;

Whereas it has been the human curiosity and ingenuity exemplified by Darwin that has promoted new scientific discoveries that have helped humanity solve many problems and improve living conditions;

Whereas the advancement of science must be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change;

Whereas the teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education systems;

Whereas Charles Darwin is a worthy symbol of scientific advancement on which to focus and around which to build a global celebration of science and humanity intended to promote a common bond among all of Earth's peoples; and

Whereas February 12, 2013, is the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809 and would be an appropriate date to designate as Darwin Day: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) supports the designation of Darwin Day; and

(2) recognizes Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge.


Which is being sunbmitted today by Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.)

On Tuesday, the 204th anniversary of British naturalist Charles Darwin's birth, Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) will take to the House floor to formally introduce his resolution calling for February 12, 2013 to be officially designated Darwin Day.

In his bill, Holt -- a "Jeopardy!" champion with a doctoral degree in physics -- offers a strong defense of evolution, as well as Darwin's influence on scientific understanding and the "betterment of humanity."

Holt also takes aim at opponents, arguing that "the advancement of science must be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change." He goes on to warn that the "teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education systems."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/12/rush-holt-darwin-day_n_2669359.html

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cleanhippie Feb 2013 OP
kairos12 Feb 2013 #1
Peregrine Feb 2013 #2
cleanhippie Feb 2013 #3
meeshrox Feb 2013 #4
skepticscott Feb 2013 #5
cleanhippie Feb 2013 #6
trotsky Feb 2013 #21
rug Feb 2013 #7
cleanhippie Feb 2013 #8
rug Feb 2013 #9
cleanhippie Feb 2013 #10
rug Feb 2013 #11
cleanhippie Feb 2013 #12
rug Feb 2013 #13
cleanhippie Feb 2013 #14
rug Feb 2013 #15
cleanhippie Feb 2013 #16
rug Feb 2013 #17
cleanhippie Feb 2013 #18
mr blur Feb 2013 #20
rug Feb 2013 #22
skepticscott Feb 2013 #19
rug Feb 2013 #23
skepticscott Feb 2013 #24
rug Feb 2013 #25
skepticscott Feb 2013 #26
rug Feb 2013 #27
skepticscott Feb 2013 #28

Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:23 AM

1. It would take millions of years of evolution for teabaggers to sponsor this bill,...

not that they would admit to said evolution.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:26 AM

2. Teaching 5th graders science, well actually giving them the district science benchmark

My white board is covered with Darwin Day stuff. But 3 students have come in and asked what a Darwin was, not who. Well I did have one student after he was done with the benchmark, copy and draw everything I had on the board. Of course he is probably doing it to give to mommy and daddy as evidence that I am an evil evilotionist.

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Response to Peregrine (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:29 AM

3. You keep fighting the good fight. Our kids need to be taught science, not superstition.

Great Job!!!!

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:56 AM

4. I'll finally stop procrastinating and get that NCSE membership!

I didn't know we had a Physics Ph.D. in the House!

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:30 PM

5. I think I'll celebrate by

calling every creationist I meet today a "dumbass". That seems like an ideal way to advance the cause of science and reason, dontcha think?

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Response to skepticscott (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:01 PM

6. At a minimum, it would put you on par with those looking for "common ground" and serious theologians

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Response to skepticscott (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:08 PM

21. I'm pretty sure only an anti-theist would say something like that about creationists.

And we're better than that.

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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:04 PM

7. By puncturing boastful inaccurate claims.

Such as this;

Science as the best way to understand our world, our universe, and ourselves

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Response to rug (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:05 PM

8. Ok, go right ahead.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:08 PM

9. Ok, start with providing the evidence for that claim.

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Response to rug (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:10 PM

10. That's not "puncturing boastful inaccurate claims".

Try again.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:16 PM

11. A claim without evidence is inaccurate.

A boast without evidence is simply a boast.

Elementary science.

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Response to rug (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:17 PM

12. I guess there will be no ""puncturing boastful inaccurate claims".

But it was fun while it lasted.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:26 PM

13. No need to proceed further. Without evidence, it's a deflated claim.

Like a punctured balloon.

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Response to rug (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:30 PM

14. As long as you are convinced, thats all that matters.

Have a nice day.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:32 PM

15. You have a nice day too.

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Response to rug (Reply #15)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:33 PM

16. Please keep your purchases from Adam & Eve to yourself.

I'm not interested in what you do with that.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #16)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:35 PM

17. What is Adma & Eve?

it appears you are familiar with something I am not.

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Response to rug (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 06:08 PM

20. Nice quick evasion there - could be a record for you.

Although I'm sure you'll do even better.

You're funny! (in a predictable kind of way)

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Response to mr blur (Reply #20)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:21 PM

22. Oh, do you have evidence to support that claim?

Of course if you don't, you're either evading the proof or simply bullshitting.

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Response to rug (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:42 PM

19. Try providing us with all the other ways

you know of. Then we'll compare their relative success.

Of course, if you are unable to provide any other ways, then science pretty much wins by default.

Go to it! Ask humblebum for help if you like.. oh...wait

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Response to skepticscott (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:24 PM

23. Ask your compadre. Since he says science in the best way, he apparently concedes there are others.

I'll wait.

Mayebe you can ask laconicsax for help. Oh, . . . . never mind.

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Response to rug (Reply #23)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:30 PM

24. As expected, you have no other ways

Since your claim is that science is NOT the best way, you apparently claim that not only are there others, but that they are better than science. And yet you can provide no evidence of those others, nor of their superiority, rendering that claim inaccurate, by your own standards.

Since you're reading this message, thanks to the understanding afforded by science, science leads 1-0...or more like 1000-0, if you were going to be honest. I'd say the road team has a lot of catching up to do.

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Response to skepticscott (Reply #24)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:36 PM

25. I didn't post that there were.

Are you having trouble reading this thread?

Your pal posted that science is the best way. When asked, he did not provide those other ways that science is better than.

I'd say nice try but it's a palpable failure.

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Response to rug (Reply #25)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:46 PM

26. Science is better than religion

And better than gut feelings. It's better than consulting a crystal ball and better than reading tea leaves.

Now you've got four "others". And I can give you a couple dozen more that all suck. Prove that any are better than science at what science does. Or give us another that is. Better hurry..science's lead is increasing by the hour.

Oh, right..you can't... Aren't you sorry you didn't get bummy's e-mail? He was DUs greatest authority on other ways of knowing...bet he'd be a big help right now...

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Response to skepticscott (Reply #26)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:49 PM

27. Better at what?

When you concoct your answer, prove it.

Speaking of humblebum, it's so nice to see you posting again. I like precedents.

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Response to rug (Reply #27)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 04:55 PM

28. Better at

Providing understanding of the world, the universe and ourselves. But you already posted what this was about in #7, so your feigned ignorance should be a sign to the class that you have squat.

Rounds are over. You can babble your last word to yourself.

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