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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Darwin - the Movie

A while ago, a movie with Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connely called Creation was released.

I was curious about the title, because for most biologists, "creation" is not usually a friendly term. However, this movie is about the man Darwin, his struggle with his idea and it's conflict with his wifes devout religious views, and also, the loss of his dear daughter Annie at age 10.

I'm looking forward to seeing it, since I'm a huge Darwin fan. And by the way, it's allowed to be a Darwin-fan in biology. Some people seem to think he has a cultish following, but I think his popularity is due to the fact that he actually was a wonderful scientist. If you read about Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-discoverer of natural selection, you see the contrast to Darwin's painstaking work and tedious research making sure that he had valid grounds to make his claims. Sadly, Wallace drifted from science in his later years and was a proponent of several unscientific ideas. Darwin was also a prolific letter-writer and knew how to write with a certain pezazz, so his persona is clear and available to those who take an interest in biography.

On a much lighter note, today I came across this video (posted on pharyngula). I've been on funnyordie a couple of times before; their drunken renditions of American History are hilarious.

Dana Carvey as Darwin