The Humanist Manifestos show that from the beginning, Humanists have supported the advance in thought of which Charles Darwin is the symbol: the fact that the human species is part of the natural world and arise from within it. This fact is not comforting to adherents of supernatural religions which teach stories of sudden divine creation of man, and some fundamentalists still try to resist it.
1933: "Man is a part of nature and he has emerged as part of a continuous process."
1973: "The human species is an emergence from natural evolutionary forces."
2003: "Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change."
Charles Darwin was born this day in 1809. A new movement rapidly spreading worldwide is the annual celebration of Darwin Day. You can track this on www.DarwinDay.org Hopefully it will soon become recognized as an established holiday on the calendar.
Darwin Day 2008 will be celebrated by the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego. At a meeting on Sunday February 17th at 2 p.m., the subject will be the book "Unleashing Evolutionary Thought" by Oscar Riddle.
Oscar Riddle was the uncle of George Riddle, and George will be with us to discuss his uncle's newly republished book and the stir it caused when first published in 1952. The meeting is at San Diego Central Library, 820 E St., downtown, at 2 p.m., and it's free.
Oscar Riddle was featured in the cover of TIME for his discoveries in biology, and the Humanists awarded him their highest honor, Humanist of the Year. Come and discuss this American scientist. Commemorate Charles Darwin with the Humanists in this round table discussion of evolution.
Activities of the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego are always in the heart of the city, mostly at the downtown Public Library. You can keep track of what the Humanists are doing by visiting www.HFSD.info All events are free. Literature of Humanism is always available free at these meetings, and you can also find considerable material on the Humanist Fellowship's website www.HFSD.info There are also galleries of photographs of eminent Humanists, and an account of the history of the Humanist movement in the world, in America and in San Diego.
Come to the Public Library on Sunday, at 2 p.m., for the Humanist Fellowship MeetUp, and celebrate Charles Darwin with the Humanists and "Unleashing Evolutionary Thought."
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