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February 12, 2009

Darwin Agnostic

Filed under: Composts — webmaster @ 11:21 am

  Today, February 12, 2009, marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.  Darwin’s theory of natural selection has inspired breakthroughs in everything from financial analysis (genetic algorithms) to cosmos development (galaxy formation). 

There may indeed be a super-being that created this universe 13.8 billion years ago.  And miraculously, as expected, the task was completed on-time and on-budget (no lost energy!).  Like all super-leaders, this super-being delegated much of the operational duties, allowing this universe to unfold under a variety of control parameters such as natural selection and evolutionary due process – God is not a micromanager.

Agnosticim may not be as provocative as the Invisible Pink Unicorn or Flying Spaghetti Monster, but the year 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species; perhaps a return to basics is needed in this too-crowded battlefield.  In the words of Charles Darwin, “I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.”

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