The results of the Rescuing Darwin survey, published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth by the Theos think tank, make depressing reading. A staggering proportion of the UK population are woefully ignorant about evolution. I’d like to say it surprised me, but it didn’t.
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The James Hemming essay prize will be awarded in July 2009. The competition is open to any student at a UK school or college studying for AS or A2 levels who will not have passed his or her 19th birthday by 31st March 2009. The subject is “In life, the meaning comes in living”. First prize £1000. Do you know someone who might enter?
An article by Kate Whiting in the East Anglian Daily Times yesterday refers to the resignation of Prof. Michael Reiss from the Royal Society last year, after he said that Creationism should be discussed in science lessons if students wanted to.
Harold Blackham, ‘architect of the British and international humanist movements’ and ‘founder of the British Humanist Association’, died at the age of 105 on 23 January.
The more publicity that’s given to the Darwin bi-centenary, the nastier some creationists become. The Atheist Bus Campaign began in reaction to some messages about non-believers burning in a lake of hellfire for eternity, and now that nice David Attenborough is being told he’ll burn in hell, for not giving God credit for his “creation”.
Stonewall, the campaigning organisation for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, has named Suffolk County Council as being among the top one hundred employers for these groups for the second year running. SCC has “diversity champions” at all levels in its organisation.
A statue of Charles Darwin as a young man will be unveiled at Christ’s College, Cambridge, on 12th February, the bi-centenary of his birth. Sculptor Anthony Smith says he wants to change Darwin’s image from that of a “wizened Victorian gentleman”.