Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Darwinian Creed for Darwin Day

[Imagine a musical accompaniment along with monkeys dancing in a ritualistic trance in the halls of our universities while the following creed is read...]

Humans are animals, one species of many on the planet, bound by common ancestry to all other species, part of an ages-old dance of reproduction, accommodation, survival and alteration.

It is for this vision, one that liberates humans from the conceit of special creation, that Darwin was honoured by interment in Westminster Abbey. And it is for his innumerable scientific insights, most still as valid and stimulating as the day he coined them, that we look forward to celebrating him next year.

In Darwin's Name, Amen...

[More on Kevin Padian's article in Nature here.]