Feb. 12 is "Darwin Day" -- Secular Americans Celebrate B'day of Evolution Champ

Written by Duncan Crary


This Feb. 12 marksrepparttar 196th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth!

The day has special significance for America's nearly 30 million nonreligious people. Inrepparttar 127598 humanist community, Feb. 12 is "Darwin Day."

"Darwin has become an all-purpose icon for humanists, who champion reason and science while rejecting superstition and dogma," said Matt Cherry, executive director ofrepparttar 127599 Institute for Humanist Studies in Albany, N.Y. "Darwin isrepparttar 127600 definitive rebuff to fundamentalism."

In 2004, a Gallup poll found that only one-third of Americans believe Darwin's 19th century theory of evolution is a credible scientific theory. The same poll found that 45 percent of Americans believe God created humans in their present form roughly 10,000 years ago.

Massimo Pigliucci, Ph.D., a professor of evolutionary biology at SUNY-Stony Brook and author ofrepparttar 127601 Web column "Rationally Speaking", is shocked by how few Americans have a basic understanding of evolutionary biology andrepparttar 127602 nature of science in general.

"If people had a better understanding of both we wouldn't be embarrassed in front ofrepparttar 127603 rest ofrepparttar 127604 world by cases such asrepparttar 127605 one currently going on in Dover, Pa., where administrators are walking around local classrooms talking about 'intelligent design' and other nonsense," he said.

Pigliucci's course on "Evolution, Creationism andrepparttar 127606 Nature of Science" is available atrepparttar 127607 Continuum of Humanist Education,repparttar 127608 online school ofrepparttar 127609 Institute for Humanist Studies.

Superultramodern Epistemology [Theory of Knowledge] ( SE )

Written by Dr Kedar Joshi, PBSSI, MRI


1. The Principle of Universal Doubt : A fundamental principle of investigation Anything may be possible (or nothing is to be believed with absolute certainty or nothing is to be seen as a proof ), for what is believed to be true with 100 % certainty at present may be false. It may berepparttar believerís inability to see otherwise or grasprepparttar 127597 truth.

2. I, as a subject, am atrepparttar 127598 centre of investigation : I should not accept something because someone else (of whatever kind and abilities) believes in it. Iíve to be satisfied withrepparttar 127599 idea. However, I would accept something for practical convenience (e.g. As I believe in quantum phenomena though Iíve never experienced them in person.)

3. I feel therefore I am : The most certain belief in my own existence because I feel something atrepparttar 127600 moment. Itís supposed to be 99.99...% certain (and not 100% because ofrepparttar 127601 principle of universal doubt). Itís supposed to be more certain thanrepparttar 127602 law of syllogism (if p implies q and q implies r then p implies r). Probability is supposed to be a byproduct of (human) ignorance.

4. The FR (Flawed Reason) Theory : Limitations to Reason and knowledge.

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