Let them Eat Cake! - For Darwin's Birthday

Come get your cake!

In honor of Charles Darwin's Birthday, we will be handing out birthday cake and information material on Darwin and evolution, as well as information about our lecture that night, Massimo Pigliucci's lecture "Evolution, Neuroscience, Philosophy and the Meaning of life"

Have a piece of yum, hang out and chat, and don't forget to join us in the evening!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I probably won't be on campus during the day Tuesday.

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I trust google's prodigious reach, but I can't unearth a connection between Darwin and Marie-Terese (wife of Louis XIV), who apparently is the person who made the cake remark (although it was really brioche in the mid-1600s). The comment has been apocryphally associated with Marie Antoinette, but all I could find about her and CD was this: "They might perhaps do good to remember that long before Darwin had even been born, Social Darwinism sealed the fate of Marie Antoinette." I must be missing something arcane (and possibly significant, or even COOL!) so I hope someone will enlighten me. Darwin was born a century and a half later. I tried to find a Darwin connection with pastries but discovered only cake shops in small English towns. Also, who is the "them" in the quotation as applied here? The CFIers get no cake?

    I want edification! What is the "missing link" between Darwin and the quotation (or between Darwin and sugar/flour/eggs)? Which came first, the flour or the sugar...

    February 7, 2013

    • SylviaB

      Lane, you're getting way into philosophically deep territory here, and I'm afraid I cannot follow in this comment section. Took me decades to even figure out the chicken and egg thing :-)

      But for what it's worth: There is no evidence that Marie Antoinette ever said those words. It was likely a smear campaign by her detractors after the revolution. You know how history's losers can get a bad reputation, right? No connection between MA and Darwin that I am aware of, either. We really mean that well, we'll feed people cake. And yes, CFIers do get cake, don't worry. And we certainly won't ask people to prove that they do NOT have a membership card because, you know, we know that's daft. If you stop by soon enough, you'll not want for sustenance. (Don't know how fast students consume cake, we went with the same amount as last year.)

      Hope to see you!

      February 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I know she didn't say it, hence my insertion of "apocryphal." I think Marie-Terese really did say it. No, I shan't be there for cake or brioche or asparagus or badinage; it's a weekday, I shall be at work! We could make a connection, though, between Darwin and "survival of the fattest" -- that's the way the species is going, statistically, and happily. Let there be cake! (I love cake, especially the corner pieces where all the frosting hovers). Have a fab time, see you at the talk!

      February 7, 2013

  • Gavin

    After the Birthday event I plan to do some research in the PSU library and then attend the lecture at PSU. It will be a fun and educational day for me.

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    well....maybe

    February 6, 2013

  • Peter R.

    Sylvia - Could we hand out a flier regarding the Northwest Free-Thought Alliance annual conderence April 5 - 7 at PSU.

    February 2, 2013

    • SylviaB

      Peter, send me an e-mail, and we can discuss whether and how we can hand out materials. Two of the praticipating organizations are not freethought or atheist groups, and I can imagine that they might not be keen on "mission drift."

      However, as I said, e-mail me, and we'll discuss.

      February 5, 2013

  • Lorin

    Great idea!

    February 4, 2013

  • Gavin

    I hope to be there.

    February 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be helping to serve it up!

    February 2, 2013

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