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    Darwin Day

    by Former Representative Rush Holt

    Posted on 2013-02-12

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    HOLT asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. HOLT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the birth of Charles Darwin. Only rarely in human history has someone shown a fundamentally new way of thinking about the world, an insight so revolutionary that it has made possible further creative and explanatory thinking.

    In my previous field of physics, we have Galileo and Newton and Einstein. In biology, at the top of any list would be Charles Darwin. Without his insights--without his recognition that natural selection enables ever-increasing complexity and functionality and enables the development of ever-more wonderful forms of life--our modern understandings of biology, ecology, genetics, and medicine would be impossible, and our comprehension of the world around us would be vastly poorer.

    I've introduced a resolution to honor February 12 as a ceremonial Darwin Day, to recognize the importance of scientific thinking in our lives and to honor one of humankind's greatest thinkers.


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