Tagged: Darwin

Is a Humanist Movement a bad idea?

In response to the article in the latest Newsletter, ‘Replicating the social functions of religious organisations’.

Firstly, a quick nod to Margaret.
Margaret, I see you often end forum posts and have signed-off the most recent Newsletter with an appeal for more activity.
I haven’t (as yet) attended any of the Suffolk Humanist meetings and (until now) haven’t really posted on the forums with any conviction. This doesn’t mean I’m shy or less than a committed Humanist. I (I’m sure like many others) occasionally browse the website and read the Newsletter with enthusiasm.

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Charles Darwin – the bi-cententary

The 12th February 2009 was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Our member Dan Clery has written his story:

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Charles-Darwin-31Charles Darwin, born on the 12th February 200 years ago, came up with what is probably the most important idea in the history of science. He reasoned that plants, animals and all living things are not static and unchanging, remaining as they were made by a divine creator; instead they change subtly from one generation to the next and those that are better suited to whatever environment they find themselves in prosper and reproduce more, while those that are less well suited don’t. In this way, plants and animals gradually change, eventually developing into new species and producing the huge variety of nature that we see today. Darwin’s theory, evolution by natural selection, is at the root of our understanding about life on Earth: it explains why there is such diversity in nature, why we are here, and why we are as we are.