Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Lincoln/Darwin Day!

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of two major historical figures who helped shape the modern world in very different ways: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin.

The television coverage has mostly been of the Lincoln anniversary, at least here in America. But online, the focus is more strongly on Darwin. If you went to Google's website today, you saw this:

I'm not going to try to restate the importance and influence of Lincoln or Darwin here. But others on my reading list have taken up the challenge. Here are the posts I've seen so far:

Postcards from Hell's Kitchen: Happy Birthday Mr. President

Watergate Summer: Celebrating Lincoln......and some timely quotes

Watergate Summer: Charles Darwin's Birthday too....

Melissa Auf der Maur's lightning is my girl: celebrate the NATURALIST (Warning: creepy sounds ahead! Scroll down two-thirds of the way to "Multimediamania" and hit the pause button to make stop.)

Phil Plait mentions Darwin in passing in Darwin’s Birthday? Bad Astronomy Discover Magazine

...and links to P.Z. Meyers' Pharyngula: Happy Darwin Day!

The talking dinosaurs of Dinosaur Comics get in on the act! - dinosaur comics - February 12 2009

And then there is the official Darwin Day Celebration page.

If anybody has any other recommended sites, please let me know!

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