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Life is Beautiful

What’s playing in my ears:

Dirty Projectors: \”Cannibal Resource\”

Dirty Projectors: \”Cannibal Resource\” Live

A couple of days ago, I was chatting with a friend of mine who’s a freshman this year at Augie. He was telling me about how the Quad Cities Creation Science Association gave a lecture on the falsehoods of Darwinism. Being the president of Augustana’s Darwin Club, I, of course, took a vested interest in this event, namely an interest in how I had no idea it occurred.

(Here’s a link) http://www.qccsa.org/

There’s one thing I want to make clear before I continue: the Darwin Club is NOT an atheist club, nor is evolution the club’s focus. Darwin Club is a NATURALIST club, intended for those with a love for life on earth and a passion to conserve it. Darwin, after all, was a naturalist. That being said, I find it difficult to accept Young Earth Creationism as a valid alternative in any sense of the word. I won’t get into the nitty gritty of logical fallicies and gross misinterpretations because that’s far too much for a blog post, and besides that’s not where I’m going with this.

When I peroused the QCCSA’s site, I was struck by the incredibly silly and bleak picture they presented of Darwinism. More than annoying, I find this sad, sad because there is such beauty and meaning to be found when one looks through the evolutionary looking glass.

I found one page entitled “Why Celebrate Darwin?”, really a list of reasons to not celebrate the ideas of Charles Darwin, ranging from plagiarism and academic intolerance to nihilism and genocide. This strikes me as a terribly hollow and misinformed interpretation of both the man and the theory.

As an answer to this question, I offer this attempt:

Why Celebrate Darwin?

  • Because the emergence of complex systems from chaos following iterative and selective processes is the most overwhelmingly gorgeous phenomenon ever to be discovered.
  • Because such an idea has the power to unify all living things as threads of the same fabric, as part of the same beautifully unfurling spectrum of life on earth, despite the grotesque misinterpretations and faults of some demented human beings.
  • Because, while the specifics have undergone a great deal of change, the underlying idea of evolution has persisted and grown stronger as the singular unifying principle of biology.
  • Because we have reason to be glad that these blind, iterative processes have led to our existence, have led to our ability to speculate about them. We have reason to rejoice in the universe’s attainment of self awareness.

I’ll explain these individual responses in greater detail in later posts, because I feel they need the elaboration. But, the point to take away from this brief introduction to this train of thought is that life is an overwhelmingly miraculous phenomenon that may be made more so through an evolutionary viewpoint. Let’s celebrate it.

 

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