But what? We can’t contribute to the ridiculous veneration of the ol’ Brit toff and we decline to spend a lot of time dissing that stuff. There’s lots of real evolution-related news out there now.
Fortunately, others, more thoughtful, have attempted the question:
So why do we celebrate Darwin Day? Because Darwin has done the world so much good? No. Because he’s given us such a great scientific explanation of life? Only if “scientific” means you cut off a whole range of potential answers, including God. And even on naturalistic terms, Darwin’s theory is faring less and less well every day.
The same thing happened to Freud. We don’t celebrate Freud Day. Karl Marx doesn’t get a day of his own, even though his discredited theory still lives in the minds of people who find it politically useful. So why do we celebrate Darwin’s Day?
It should be clear that it has little to do with real science.Tom Gilson, “How I’m Planning to Celebrate Darwin Day” at The Stream
Darwin is the village atheist’s answer to serious thinking about origins.
But don’t forget how good Darwin Day also is for an educrat who plods in to work and has lots of boilerplate handy to churn out masses of Darwin-in-the-schools for the students. And, in many places, the ability to censor dissent.
So how are you celebrating Darwin Day?