Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Lincoln and Darwin

By coincidence (?) today is the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. The first saved the Union and gave America a new birth of freedom. Imagine if the Civil War had to be fought with today's media coverage. Would the good guys have won? And what would the world be like if they had not? The second gave us unparalleled insight into our biological roots and made possible most of the progress in our understanding of life from then till now.

If we are great now, it is because we stand on the shoulders of giants.

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