I got caught up in the holidays and completely forgot to mark the 10-year anniversary of Cobb County’s “evolution disclaimer” court case (which started in 2004). In case you missed it, the Atlanta area school board decided to glue this sticker onto the front inside cover of students’ biology textbooks:
This sticker was designed, of course, to make it seem like evolution is just an interesting idea, one that might be useful, but only time would tell. The sticker delighted the creationists in town who had pushed for the language.
I played a very, very small part in the trial: I sent a page of snarky disclaimers (below) to the plaintiff’s lawyer to amuse her, and she decided to print some up as posters to show in the courtroom. I heard the judge liked them a lot. If you are having a Darwin Day party on February 12, consider printing a bunch as party favors. Print some as bookmarks for kids while you’re at it.
If you liked the above, you might also like the version I did for the New York Times. Felix Sockwell did the figurines, which really added a lot.
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Just a Public Service Announcement from Charles Darwin: get a flu shot now so that you’ll (likely) be alive to fret endlessly about Ebola.
And if you don’t get the vaccine and end up getting the flu, please consider quarantining yourself: you are infectious because flu is airborne and kills a lot of us (36,000+). From the CDC:
“Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.”
(Charles Darwin painted by Carl Buell. Background mural by Borgny Bay. Photo by me.)
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I’ve tried to remake my “Charles Darwin Has A Posse” with other languages, but have probably made terrible mistakes in all of them. I’ll eventually get it right. Until then, if you want to share any of the below today, go crazy. And if you’d like to print some stickers in the privacy of your own home, please go to my Charles Darwin Has A Posse page and download the PDF. Take photos of where you post them, then share on Twitter so we can all enjoy. I especially like to see them in public schools, for the obvious reasons.
The Pew Research Center just released poll data on how adults in the United States explain the existence of humans: 57% believe that a supernatural being created humans either gradually, through artificial selection, or instantly, in a single poof. If you teach biology in public school, you should be addressing this ignorance. If you need resources, here are disclaimers for biology textbooks, Charles Darwin Has a Posse stickers, and a Portable Darwin for your classroom.
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I know you’ve all made elaborate plans to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday tonight, but don’t forget to toast Charles Darwin, who shares the birth date but never gets onto the February 12th spot on wall calendars, even when they are published by natural history museums (shame on them). If you want to make some stickers to honor the chap, please visit my Charles Darwin Has A Posse page.