Friday, February 12, 2010

Honest Abe and The Beagle's Most Famous Passenger

Today marks the 201st birthday of both Charles Darwin and Abe Lincoln. Despite their advanced age and longstanding "deceased" status, both remain as relevant, interesting, and inspirational as ever. Previous encomiums to these two worthies appear here, here, and here on this precious, precious blog -- I'm a fan.

Part of this year's International Darwin Day is a petition to President Obama asking that he make a formal acknowledgement of Darwin's contributions to science, culture, and human society. I say it's very much worth signing -- surely not as courageous or consequential as the Emancipation Proclamation, but it falls to us to do what our moments demand.

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