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Darwin Day 2007

events that were held:
At the Sydney Mechanics School of the Arts Monday 12 February 2007 280 Pitt St Sydney.

High school event at Georges River College Oatley (SW end of Hurstville Rd, formerly part of UNSW campus) Monday 26 February.
Richard Dawkin honorary president of Darwin Day.
Darwin Day's international home page

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SMSA event
Evolution generally and its relation to religion in particular.

Dr Robin Holliday (CSIRO) argued that science and religion are incompatible. Topics at a level of detail will include the distinction between belief and understanding, the issue of Free Will and scientific understanding and a revisit of CP Snow's Two Culture thesis of 1959.

Dr Andrew Simpson (Macquarie U) spoke on Fossils, Natural History, Museums and Charles Darwin.

High school event
Australian megafauna and other facts of evolution.

Dr Andrew Simpson (Macquarie U) spoke on Fossils, Natural History, Museums and Charles Darwin.

Dr Anne Musser (Australian Museum) spoke about the discovery of Australian megafauna.

Charles Darwin (b. 12 Feb 1809) whose promulgation of the Theory of Evolution, or descent with modification through natural selection, has had as profound an effect on how we view and understand the natural world as any other scientific theory ever proposed. He opined that people who could not see how gradual evolutionary change over vast stretches of time could produce the amazing varieties and form of life suffered from a "failure of imaginations". An underlying objective of these Darwin Days for students is to present scientific evidence to help our imaginations so we need not have to fall back on such notions as "intelligent design".

Darwin's influence on Modern Thought. Click here for paper by Ernst Mayer

Some key points from the article: Darwin introduced historicity into science (chemistry and physics do not have this character); he rejected all supernatural explanations; he refuted typology or essentialism -which says living things are invariant and stable, they are not; variation characterises living things, refutation of typology amounts to refutation of racism amongst other things...

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