by Roy Speckhardt
Executive Director, American Humanist Association
Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity that is held on the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s February 12, 1809 birth. It’s a time to celebrate the important discoveries and life of the person who first described biological evolution through natural selection with scientific rigor. Darwin Day is also a chance to express gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed towards the advancement of humanity.
Modern biology is built on the foundation that Darwin set, and without his contributions it’s likely that we’d have made less progress in our understanding of the natural world and be far less healthy as a result. Evolutionary biology, which Darwin pioneered, helped us to better understand public health epidemics like obesity and antibiotic resistance. It also helped scientists to learn more about the HIV/AIDS virus and how that affliction spreads throughout the world.
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