Get a load, literally, of the Darwin Year sculpture
Zagging off which, fellow blogger Terrell Clemmons offers some thoughts on design issues:
Early in 2009, the International Year of Darwin got underway in Shrewsbury, England, the birthplace of Charles Darwin. As part of the celebration marking both Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work, On the Origin of Species, a sculpture was unveiled in Shrewsbury’s Mardol Quay Gardens. Nearly forty feet high, sixty feet long, and weighing over 200 tons, the structure, named Quantum Leap, resembles a gigantic slinky placed on the ground like an upside down ‘U.’ Darwin coordinator, Jon King, explains, “What we wanted was an iconic structure – something that was big, was bold, but something that could be interpreted in different ways.” In an irony apparently lost on its celebrants, the name ‘Quantum Leap’ makes a fitting metaphor for the thinking of contemporary Darwinists.Well, no matter how you think life happened and changed, Darwinism certainly sends the conjecture index soaring to the moon. Darwinism and cosmology are practically licences to write fiction, calling it science. One way you can tell is the easy way both morph into popular culture. The Cave Man, the Many Universes ... hey, the Lifestyles Page editor loves them almost as much as she likes a sip, a sniff, a whiff, and a spa afternoon. And next week, just like the soaps, the story will all be different. Good for business, that last part.
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“There is something fascinating about science,” Mark Twain, a contemporary of Darwin, once quipped. “One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of facts.”
- "Darwin's Quantum Leap" (December 9, 2009)
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