1. Pete says

    Well now! I knew today was cool, being my birthday, but I didn’t know it was that cool. Thanks for pointing it out. I’ve already celebrated the one, but I guess I’ll have to head out again and celebrate the other now.

    It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it…

  2. Richard Harris says

    I’ve always been a bit unimpressed by Davies. I thought the article was rather muddled. It seems to say that ‘SCIENCE’ has the origins of the universe & its constants & laws all wrapped up, at least for those who have faith in it. Then he argues against that.

    I don’t think most people involved in science have that kind of faith in ‘SCIENCE’. If anything, that view of ‘SCIENCE’ is unscientific, & if anyone holds it, then it’s not scientists, but more likely critics of science.

  3. says

    Bastards! I’m sick today with something that seems like the flu (or Yellow Fever). So, there will be no celebrating here other than a cup of tea while my bloodshot eyes are fixed to the TV as I watch the latest Battlestar Galactica episode.

    Still, for what it’s worth, Yay Darwin!

  4. Will E. says

    Weeiirrrrd… this morning I was reading Carl Zimmer’s Evolution, a recent birthday gift, & the chapter was on Darwin’s adventures on the Beagle and the Galapagos Islands. Got me thinking about “secular holidays” nonbelievers could celebrate… and it turns out today is one! I’ll take it as a sign from the universe telling me there is no god after all!

  5. David Marjanović, OM says

    Got me thinking about “secular holidays” nonbelievers could celebrate…

    Do you need an excuse to party?

  6. David Marjanović, OM says

    Got me thinking about “secular holidays” nonbelievers could celebrate…

    Do you need an excuse to party?

  7. Will E. says

    But seriously, I wonder if there’s a calendar of scientific achievements? One with relevant birthdays, events, discoveries, books published, etc.? One that doesn’t list religious holidays at all? Hmmm…

  8. says

    Yes — I’m pleased to share a birthday with this particular book. It’s almost as much fun as celebrating Newtonmas every December 25th!

  9. Michael X says

    It’s the 25 and I’m still celebrating. It’s that good….

    Two years from now, I expect all the posts here to be drivel and full of typos from intoxication.

  10. Loren Petrich says

    I think that a lot of religious apologists are projecting when they talk about “science” in the fashion that Davies did — they treat it as some sort of autocratic cult.

    Some people have objected to this celebration as the sort of thing that creationists will snicker over: “Their Bible is the Origin of Species!”

    However, creationists are simply projecting their Bible worship onto us; they may find it difficult to understand anything else.

  11. Mike from Ottawa says

    Damn, and I missed the celebrations. No wonder my Darwin bobblehead* was shaking his head at me.

    * I don’t know if they still have these, but the folk at the Southern Illinois, Carbondale (the Salukis) had these done up and they are excellent. Definitely not the cheapo type of bobblehead that discerning folk would be embarrassed to display. The proceeds go toward their Darwin Day activities.