For those who have somehow overlooked the BBC’s Charles Darwin season this year never mind, today is a day to celebrate all that is Darwinian.*
Although Darwin Day, 12th February, was the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday, in 1809, today, 24th November, is the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, which so radically changed history.
On the Origin of Species identified natural selection as the key driver for evolution and undermined religious teachings and changed science forever.
This was not Darwin’s only work and following the furore that followed its publication within just a few years evolution was accepted as being the way life on earth had developed.
Although some aspects of religion (creationism), to this day, feel that evolution is a theory, no serious scientist considers anything else to be a credible explanation to the way life on earth developed.
So, if you have a minute today just consider what Charles Darwin did for science, education and the comprehension of the world around us.
*Except Social Darwinism, that has nothing to do with Charles Darwin.