Darwin Day: All about the Father of Evolution

Every year the world witnesses a science gala on February 12 celebrated as Darwin Day across the globe. It is to commemorate the birth anniversary of Charles Robert Darwin, the ‘Father of Evolution’. Darwin Day is aimed at highlighting contributions to science and also promote science in general.

Darwin’s discoveries have indeed had a huge impact in understanding many concepts in the field of cosmology, biology and scientific process in general for which he is well-accredited.

The problem is that many of his prominent traits which are required to inspire younger generations are sometimes ignored and not highlighted. Darwin’s desire to seek and unveil the truth through scientific discovery, his curiosity to discover hidden facts and his determination should be stressed upon which will inspire youngsters.

“Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” ― Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species

He wrote several books about his voyage, the first being . He gained a reputation as a brilliant geologist.

Darwin’s theory of evolution was one of the most controversial discoveries and a radical idea during its time. Almost after 150 years since the publication of his book in 1859, his ideas still lead to dialogues on belief.

‘Survival of the fittest’ is a phrase well known to all. It was first used by Herbert Spencer after reading Darwin’s . The phrase originated from Darwinian evolutionary theory as a way to describe the mechanism of natural selection.

A simple way to celebrate Darwin Day is to study evolution and familiarise one’s self with the theory of evolution and natural selection. Natural selection is a basic mechanism of evolution along with other concepts such as mutation, migration and genetic drift.

Darwin awards are fictional awards conferred on those who improve the human genome by accidentally eliminating themselves from it due to their dumb acts.

Darwin Awards do not really prove anything. It’s just that even the most intelligent people end up removing themselves from the gene pool in ridiculous ways. Read on and keep yourself entertained.

Here are some of the most absurd ways in which people have died:

1. What happens when you smoke near a bucketful of dynamite powder? You end up winning the Darwin award.

#BlastFromThePast AUGUST 1999 MANILA–A deadly explosion in the Philippines was linked to careless NBI agents smoking near a bucketful of dynamite powder. Remnants of hand grenades, bullets, and weapons were scattered far and wide… #TuesdayTwofer https://t.co/u0NrULAohs pic.twitter.com/jMPZp0iVEX

– The Darwin Awards (@DarwinAwards) December 18, …read more

Source:: Daily times


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