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RELEASE: U. of Washington Secular Student Union Celebrates Darwin Day


Darwin Day 2008For Release: IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIPT
Contact: Michael Amini, mgamini(AT)u.washington(DOT)edu

Feb. 12 is "Darwin Day"
UW's SSU Celebrates Birthday of Evolution Champ

Note to time and date: The festivities will commence at 4 p.m. on Feb. 12. in Gowen Hall room 301 on the campus of the University of Washington. At 6 p.m. the Darwin Fish Fry will be at McMahon 8 (in McMahon hall) - a special Darwin-Day menu, including Darwin Fish, and potentially including primordial stew, Darwin's Finches (chicken), among other fun dishes.

Seattle, WA: This Feb. 12 is the 199th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.

We will be celebrating by holding a free screening of youtube's "Made Easy" series, a collection of easy to understand videos explaining the origin of the universe, species and man, provided generously by PotHoler54. There will be a follow-up Q&A regarding Darwin, Evolution, and the Secular Student Alliance. Northwest Fish & Chips will also be generously hosting the follow-up Darwin Fish Fry.

"There is a load of misinformation regarding Mr. Darwin and his dangerous idea. Today, we celebrate and honor the man without the myth by studying the facts of his theory and its implications," Secular Student Union officer Michael Amini said.

Hundreds of groups across the United States and the globe will celebrate the date as "Darwin Day" in honor of the discoveries and life of the man who famously described biological evolution via natural selection.

"Darwin Day promotes understanding of evolution and the scientific method," said Matt Cherry, executive director of the Institute for Humanist Studies which runs The Darwin Day Celebration. "This celebration expresses gratitude for the enormous benefit that scientific knowledge has contributed to the advancement of humanity."

Next year will mark both the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the 1859 publication of Darwin's "The Origin of Species", which presented the scientific theory that populations evolve over generations through natural selection.

The theory of evolution was controversial in Darwin's time and remains controversial in the United States today.

Recent Gallup polls show that 43 percent of Americans reject the theory of evolution and instead believe that "God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so." And at least four 2008 presidential candidates have said they do not believe the theory of evolution.

"We may not be able to get everyone to accept the reality of evolution, but we just may be able to help people realize what exactly it is they are rejecting. It would be an outstanding success to move the question of the origin of species out of the taboo and into public discourse," Amini said.

The Darwin Day Celebration started with one event in 1995. Last year there were more than 850 Darwin Day events world-wide. Darwin Day festivities can include debates, lectures, essay contests, film festivals, museum exhibits, art shows and even an "Evolution Banquet" with "Primordial Soup" followed by a "Darwin Fish Fry."

For information, visit: http://students.washington.edu/secular and www.DarwinDay.org

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