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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Birthday Musings

No, not mine--today would be Charles Darwin's 203rd birthday. Of all the scientists who have ever lived (except, perhaps, for those who work in engineering-related fields), he may have had the most impact on our daily lives, or at least on how we think. How often do we use the word "evolve"? Situations evolve; literature evolves; our thinking evolves. While the word entered the English language in the 1640's, would we use the word as often as we do without Darwin's work in the backs of our minds? (Don't get me started on HErbert Spencer and the idea of the survival of the fittest.)

Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin. Seeing goldfinches at the feeder today, I thought of you.

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