“As for your doctrines I am prepared to go to the Stake if requisite … I trust you will not allow yourself to be in any way disgusted or annoyed by the considerable abuse & misrepresentation which unless I greatly mistake is in store for you … And as to the curs which will bark and yelp – you must recollect that some of your friends at any rate are endowed with an amount of combativeness which (though you have often & justly rebuked it) may stand you in good stead – I am sharpening up my claws and beak in readiness.”
—Thomas Henry Huxley (in a letter to Darwin a few days after The Origin of Species dropped)
In honor of the sesquicentennial of the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, here are my favorite science links of the day.
“Today’s the day. It was exactly 150 years ago that Darwin’s Origin of Species was published. Here are a few websites that are recognizing the anniversary.”
“Smart enough to hack, not sophisticated enough to appreciate the daily give-and-take of how science works – is that how we nonscientists are going to approach critical issues? Maybe we can do better than that.”
Was it the tip jar? (I’m horrible, yeah.)