Posted: May 6th, 2008
Darwin: Yesterday and Today

Darwin is famed for his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, but many people do not know that he was originally a botanist. Is Darwinism relevant today? And how do his theories match up with contemporary science? Presentations are made by David Kohn, Darwin historian, on Darwin’s Delight: The Man and His Botany; Michael Ruse, philosopher, on Is Darwinism an Exhausted Paradigm?; and Rita Colwell, environmental microbiologist, oceanographer, and former director of the National Science Foundation, on Speciation in the Time of Microbes. The moderator is E.O. Wilson, preeminent biologist and author. This event was held at The New York Botanical Garden, in conjunction with the exhibition “Darwin’s Garden: An Evolutionary Adventure”, which is on through June 15, 2008.

  • Vishaal

    Okay, I’ve been seeing this pharse (“Don’t high-hat the monkey”) bandied about for a few days here now, and finally I’ve just got to ask: What the HECK does it mean? I’m totally stumped.The first time it appeared, I assumed someone was deliberately posting something utterly nonsensical (like the name of the band “Toad the Wet Sprocket”) as a lark, but everyone’s enthusiastic response since then, culminating in actual products for sale with this expression, has finally convinced me that it has some sort of actual meaning that completely eludes me. Will someone explain, please?~Wordplayer