Can Charles Darwin’s Birthday Become a New Holiday? January 13, 2015

Can Charles Darwin’s Birthday Become a New Holiday?

International Darwin Day celebrates the birth of Charles Darwin (February 12, 1809) by encouraging groups to put on lectures or events educating others about evolution. More generally, the purpose is:

… to inspire people throughout the globe to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin.

Today, they’re relaunching Darwin Day with a new website and logo:

There’s also a brand new vision for what Darwin’s birthday should mean:

Local and state governments will close in commemoration of the Day, and organizations and businesses will celebrate by engaging in community outreach centered around science as a tool for the betterment of humanity.

Darwin Day will be observed by the United Nations and its members as an opportunity for international partnerships through the common language of science for the common good of all.

Good luck getting that one passed through Republican-led legislatures. Hell, good luck getting that one passed through Democrat-led legislatures.

Still, I like the idea of promoting science as an inspiring idea given how much science denialism is all around us. And there’s no better day on which to do that.

If you know of any local groups planning to hold an event in honor of Darwin’s birthday, please let them know about the details!

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