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Nature Nurtures Darwin


Nature News Nov. 19, 2008

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Robert Darwin falls on 12 February 2009. Darwin was arguably the most influential scientist of modern times. No single researcher has since matched his collective impact on the natural and social sciences; on politics, religions, and philosophy; on art and cultural relations, and in ways that the man himself would never have imagined. This Nature news special will provide continuously updated news, research and analysis on Darwin’s life, his science and his legacy, as well as news from the Darwin200 consortium of organizations celebrating this landmark event.


I wonder if they will also celebrate Alfred Russel Wallace and his Sarawak Law.

When neo-Darwinism finally dies Darwin himself will probably be considered one of the most detrimental effects on science, ever! Nothing like wasting nearly 200 or more years of scientific discoveries. :P Domoman
"As David Belinksi has written: ..." LOL! Dr. Berlinski never fails to crack me up with his scalpel-sharp wit. He could make a lot more money as a pure humorist, of course. I don't think he'd have as much fun as he does now, though. The egos he punctures currently are way overinflated and give off terrific bangs when he pops them. He wouldn't get the same decibel level from run-of-the-mill gasbags. angryoldfatman
Surely it's about time for Darwin to join other bewhiskered dreamers like Marx and Freud on the heap of history's discarded ideas. Despite the public praise about to be heaped on the ol' coin-flipper in '09, I'm sure many must be privately resigned to the fact that his time has passed. As David Belinksi has written: "They (biologists) rather regard Darwin’s theory as an elderly uncle invited to a family dinner. The old boy has no hair, he has no teeth, he is hard of hearing, and he often drools. Addressing even senior members at the table as Sonny, he is inordinately eager to tell the same story over and over again. But he’s family. What can you do? " steveO
" * Systems biology: Beneath the surface * Biologists see living systems like mechanical clocks: optimally tuned and prone to failure if one component goes wrong. But, as Tanguy Chouard reveals, this is not what happens in the real world." Oh really? Biologists must be quite dense to miss that. tragicmishap

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