29 December 2008

And they're off!

A great deal will be written about Darwin over the next year, and The Guardian pitches in today telling us that he must not be hijacked by New Atheists. Much wil be written over the next year, but here at the Beagle Project we intend to provide a legacy to the 2009 year of activities. A new Beagle sailing the world will keep the talk, the writing, the ideas and enthusiasm alive long after the words have been forgotten, so hot the donate buttons, or contact us to discuss sponsoring.

Anyone listening to BBC Radio 4 over Christmas would have done well to listen to "With Great Pleasure at Christmas" in which bestselling author and creator of Discworld Terry Pratchett introduced to a live audience some of his favourite books and poetry. The quote with which he closed the show? The final paragraph of The Origin of Species:
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

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