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    Happy Evolution Day!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_Day

    Evolution Day is a celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the initial publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin on 24 November 1859.[1][2][3][4] Such celebrations have been held for over a century, but the specific term "Evolution Day" for the anniversary appears to be a neologism which was coined prior to 1997.[1] By highlighting Darwin's contributions to science, the day's events are used to educate about evolutionary biology.[5] It is similar to the better-known Darwin Day, held on the anniversary of his birth (12 February 1809).[6] It is unrelated to the secularization campaign by the Giordano Bruno Foundation to have the German public holiday of Ascension Day renamed to "Evolutionstag" (Evolution Day).

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    Most people know that most holidays are commercial bullshit of some sort or another, so I'm not sure attaching a scientific theory to one is necessarily a good idea...

    Cheers on the anniversary though! It could be argued that without the publication of Origin, my entire discipline would not exist, so I owe old Charles a great deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Politesse View Post
    Most people know that most holidays are commercial bullshit of some sort or another, so I'm not sure attaching a scientific theory to one is necessarily a good idea...

    Cheers on the anniversary though!
    I'm all for holidays that actually would reflect valuing education and freedom of thought. That would actually be useful for society.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GenesisNemesis View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Politesse View Post
    Most people know that most holidays are commercial bullshit of some sort or another, so I'm not sure attaching a scientific theory to one is necessarily a good idea...

    Cheers on the anniversary though!
    I'm all for holidays that actually would reflect valuing education and freedom of thought. That would actually be useful for society.
    I suppose. I'm just worried that declaring a pubic holiday is an endorsement that might induce guilt-by-association! I'm not a big fan of civic holidays to begin with though, so perhaps I'm just getting crochety in my old age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Politesse View Post
    Most people know that most holidays are commercial bullshit of some sort or another, so I'm not sure attaching a scientific theory to one is necessarily a good idea...
    I would welcome this holiday being commercialized.

    Just imagine if the scientific consensus was championed, not demonized or marginalized.

    Bookstores playing Thomas Dolby's Blinded Me With Science, Was (Not Was)'s Walk The Dinosaur, Madness' Our Replicators, Mariah Carey's cover of Alley Oop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith&Co. View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Politesse View Post
    Most people know that most holidays are commercial bullshit of some sort or another, so I'm not sure attaching a scientific theory to one is necessarily a good idea...
    I would welcome this holiday being commercialized.

    Just imagine if the scientific consensus was championed, not demonized or marginalized.
    This^^. The commercialism would be a valorization of the holiday. It'd mean the idea had gained popularity and stirs excitement.

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    I know when I'm looking to relax with family and friends, what I want to celebrate is a scientific theory that tells me my existence is arbitrary, and not even a birthday in sight!

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    I am doing my duty to Darwin to evolve. I just got some Guinness Extra Stout and will drink a toast to Darwin, evolution, and "Origin Of The Species.
    Cheerful Charlie

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    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    I know when I'm looking to relax with family and friends, what I want to celebrate is a scientific theory that tells me my existence is arbitrary, and not even a birthday in sight!
    You can join Lion IRC and sulk about the "dangers" of evolutionary theory then. Besides, no one's forcing you to celebrate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    I know when I'm looking to relax with family and friends, what I want to celebrate is a scientific theory that tells me my existence is arbitrary, and not even a birthday in sight!
    But you're not arbitrary. You are the result of billions of years of continual modification and selection that resulted in you nicely fitting your environmental niche.

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