A Darwin Day Scientific Treasury

Reading Darwin's booksAnyone who has followed my writings for awhile knows that I have a thing for men of science. I adored Sir Isaac Newton at an early age, I wrote a screenplay about Chief Chemist Harvey Wiley as a teenage girl (I think it needs a second revision), I’ve dissected Charles Darwin’s mind in college, and I interviewed Professor John Lennox a couple of years ago. I’m actually working on a new script that involves a fictional scientist, but that is a story for another day.

American President Abraham Lincoln and British naturalist Charles Darwin would have both turned 204 today. As of late, I’ve seen more Americans obsessing over Darwin. Some Democrats in Congress wanted to officially designate February 12th, 2013 as “Darwin Day” to recognize “the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.” (Hmmm, as long as science has a moral check and balance, if they had the nerve to specify…)

Since I never want my academic work to go to waste, I’ve recycled some papers that readers might enjoy.

DARWIN: DEFINING THE ORIGINS DEBATE

Written for an English literature class in 2010, this essay of mine dissects the rhetorical strategies of Darwin.

FIT TO SURVIVE: DARWIN’S ACADEMIC LEGACY

Written last year for a history class on Victorian England, this term paper of mine investigates the factors behind the acceptance of Darwinism.

MY VERY OWN CHICKEN GENETICS EXPERIMENT!

“Together with Marx’s materialistic theory of history and society and Freud’s attribution of human behavior to influences over which we have little control, Darwin’s theory of evolution was a crucial plank in the platform of mechanism and materialism – of much of science, in short – that has been the stage of most Western thought.”
– Douglas Futuyma

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DARWINOCRACY: THE EVOLUTION QUESTION IN AMERICAN POLITICS

Does Darwin rule the electorate? Why does a stigma surround those who are skeptical of Darwinism, and how should candidates respond?

Jan Ingenhousz

Jan Ingenhousz, Dutch physician (1730-1799)

“We might conceive a little more of the deep designs of the Supreme Wisdom in the different arrangement of sublunary beings. The stubborn atheist would, perhaps, find reason to humiliate himself before that Almighty Being, whose existence he denies because his limited senses represent to him nothing but a confused chaos of miseries and disorders in this world.” – Jan Ingenhousz, in a piece of writing I discovered in the antique book, The Beginnings of Modern Science: Scientific Writings of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries.

O’Donnell and Maher and Coons – Oh My!

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Christine O’Donnell began dominating headlines after she surprisingly cinched the Republican nomination in the Delaware senate race. Citizens nationwide are asking, “Who is Christine O’Donnell?”  If you want to see a track record of the lady who is the second youngest of six children and a public policy workaholic, look no further.

But thanks to Bill Maher, we should be aware that the aforementioned question is really mainstream media lingo for “Who was Christine O’Donnell?”

Maher drew attention to a 1999 segment from his old show Politically Incorrect in which O’Donnell explained her disapproval of Halloween. O’Donnell admitted that she “dabbled in witchcraft” and inadvertently went on a date with a guy at a satanic alter while in high school. From that experience, O’Donnell realized that witchcraft is a real and wicked thing, which is why she felt uncomfortable with Halloween.

So, her big skeleton in the closet is essentially her reason for not having skeletons hanging in her closet for an annual ghoul fest?

It is election season once again, which means harvest time for journalistic dirty work. Digging up facts is a good thing. American citizens should know exactly what kind of candidates they are electing to national office.

But let’s not insult the intelligence of voters…

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