Does Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species need a special introduction?
It’s a question humans have been asking for time out of mind . . .Â I mean,Â for about two or three months. Because that’s when creationist andÂ originator ofÂ theÂ intelligently designedÂ banana canon, Ray Comfort, introduced the idea. And he did so with no small measure of his own special brand of mustachioed, self-satisfied arrogance.
On Thursday, November 19, a few days before the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s classic work, Comfort plans to distribute free copies of “Origin” at colleges and universities across the U.S. and (on the 24th) in Canada.
These free copies include aÂ specialÂ introduction by Comfort, which claims, among other things, that evolution is scientifically false and that Darwin was a misogynist racist whose ideas inspired Hitler. (BTW, I heard he settled on theÂ misogynist racist angleÂ becauseÂ he thought saying Darwin rapedÂ dolphinsÂ and ate kittens for breakfast was a little too far-fetched.)
Talk about spoiling an anniversary!
But do not despair, folks. There isÂ some good news in all of this.
To put Comfort’s claims in perspective â€” and to aid scientists, teachers, students, and other concerned citizens in protesting Comfort’s distortions â€” the National Center for Science Education has created a special website chock-full of advice, analysis, background information, videos, and more.
You canÂ click onÂ http://www.dontdissdarwin.com/Â toÂ see some of the toolsÂ the NCSE isÂ providing, including:
- The NCSE Safety Bookmark â€”Â A tongue-in-cheek tool for separating the Comfort introduction from the rest of the book.
- “Why Ray Comfort is Wrong” â€” A flyer detailing Comfort’s wacky take on science, history, and theology.
- A “Public Service Announcement” video.
- Posters and signs you can get printed for Comfort’s event.
- A detailed backgrounder on the Comfort introduction, pointing out the flaws, distortions, misinterpretations, and other problems.
- Websites, books, journals and other science resources devoted to evolution.
- Links to Dr. Eugenie Scott’s debate with Comfort on U.S. News & World Report’s web site.
- AÂ list of the colleges and universities that Comfort claims to be targeting.
Check out the website, and forward the link around to all your chums. When bad information is in circulation, the least we can do is circulate sources for good information.