200th Birthday Anniversary of Charles Darwin. 12 February 2008.

  • Sunninghill Preparatory School. Dorchester. Dorset. UK. (An Independent School) 
  • From the Headmaster (and published with his kind permission) 
  • One point of interest was our assembly on Charles Darwin, whose 200th anniversary we celebrate this year. We discussed his theory and how the conflict with creationist theory has divided America. We also looked at how many Christians and other faiths believed in both natural selection and divine existence. Although this was a complex subject, our pupils showed a remarkable maturity and knowledge of the issues. With Darwin’s Anniversary on Thursday 12th February it is a good opportunity to discuss the topic with our children as there will be a good deal of TV coverage.
  • With best wishes,
  • Andrew Roberts-Wray 
  • Evolution Megalab
  • On 12th February 2009, we celebrate the two hundredth birthday of Charles Darwin.  Did you know that thanks to a common little snail that you can find in your garden, in the park or under a hedge, you can see evolution in your own back yard?  Banded snails come in assorted colours. Their shells are various shades from yellow through pink to brown. They can have one band round the middle like a karate black belt, up to 5 bands like a T-shirt or even no band at all. 
  • It may sound like banded snails are dressed-to-kill, but really they are dressed not to be killed. Banded snails are a favourite food of the song thrush and their various shell colours and patterns camouflage them against different backgrounds.
  • Shell colour also affects how sensitive a snail is to temperature.  Have shell colours changed with our warming climate? Sunninghill pupils will be out and about in the school grounds, trying to find the Banded snail and submitting information to Evolution Megalab, the organisation who has been collating the worldwide data on these fascinating mollusc’s. For more details, please see:

(For myself/personally – a good example : the ‘best’ and the ‘most sensitive’ that I have come across :  ‘multicultural, or the more palatable (tolerance of) ‘multi-racialism’, and an example of the most modern, and less tribal, of some of our particularly – current – ‘School Ethos’s’ in the UK. Ref, some/many Childcare – Nurseries UK, and some: Church Schools and Faith Schools, UK)

Only Five Men
"Charles Darwin, Sir Charles Lyell, Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley, and Alfred Wallace, had evolved into the most creative and productive group in the wide area of Natural History in Great Britain. Without the others Charles Darwin knew his life would have been narrow and restrictive. Minus, the life giving fluids of friendship, constructive criticism, encouragement and acceptance.
Everything they thought and projected came partly from each other’s brain. Their hailstorm of letters, articles, monographs, and books; travelling all over the world, affording insights and knowledge; educated an entire generation.
(Educated an entire generation: it has, or seemed to have been, rather forgotten and since I was at school {why? An ‘easy’ drift towards a superstitious answer to all the – slightly more difficult big questions!?}, even though: there was little knowledge of the final proof of evolutionary theory in our DNA, or that species did not necessarily have to travel across continents, but got to – now – very distant lands by the massively great shifts of the land masses – Pangea or Gondwana, as one giant continent, was only just being thought about, and was only considered as a somewhat, and quite – ‘outlandish theory’)
Together they had "turned the world around". Had changed the patterns of man’s thoughts about himself and the world he lived in, wiped out prejudice against those who were unorthodox in their religious beliefs, provided release from the rigid dogma of the Church, as well as escape from the power of the Clergy, Rabbi, or Imam. And not only the hierarchy’s interlocking control of the schools, press, government, but the mass of the of the people who did not have the right (any right on pain of death – in many cases) to determine their (own, esp, the children and vulnerable, as in some of today’s schooling – throughout all lands) daily lives.
Now there was hope for intellectual independence, the individuals freedom from the shackles of dictatorial restraint. With man’s brain no longer encased in the iron chains of mythical belief, what wonders would he not accomplish. Becoming his own master, men would have freedom, which causes greatness". Irving Stone ‘The Origin’

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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