Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
That awkward moment when you find out it’s someone else’s birthday on your birthday.
Wonderful Darwin Day art by Kapil Bhaghat (Tumblr)
In honor of Darwin Day today, it’s always a good time to remember that even Charles Darwin had days when he hated everybody and felt like a big idiot stupidhead:
"But I am very poorly today & very stupid & hate everybody & everything. One lives only to make blunders.– I am going to write a little Book for Murray on orchids & today I hate them worse than everything so farewell & in a sweet frame of mind,
I am ever yours
(via Brain Pickings)
The Tree of Life Evolves
In honor of Darwin Day (Charles would have been 204 years old on Feb 12, if he were immortal or something), here’s a few of my favorite trees of life from through the ages. Some were designed as scientific references, and some as purely creative tributes, but all are works of art.
- Darwin’s original sketch from On the Origin of Species (1859)
- Ernst Haeckel’s Generelle Morphologie der Organismen (1866)
- The famous Hillis Plot drawn on a felled tree
- An imaginative take on the tree of life by Rosalyn Schanzer
- Richard Amm’s tribute to the “grandeur in this view of life”, with biology’s increasing complexity growing from the center of a shell
As Darwin was inspired by the beauty of nature’s forms to discover how all of Earth’s species are connected, may we be inspired to discover the beauty in science for ourselves.
Happy Darwin Day on Tuesday!
It was soon after I began collecting stones, i.e., when 9 or 10, that I distinctly recollect the desire I had of being able to know something about every pebble in front of the hall door–it was my earliest and only geological aspiration at that time.