Central Colorado Humanists Hosting Celebration of Charles Darwin's 211th Birthday
The Central Colorado Humanists (CCH) are hosting a community celebration in honor of scientist Charles Darwin’s 211th birthday and International Darwin Day on Feb. 9. The local free public celebration will be held in the Pinon Room of the Buena Vista Community Center on Feb. 9 starting at 10 a.m. Every year at this time, groups all over the world celebrate Charles Darwin’s many contributions to science. The official website (www.darwinday.org) notes the International Darwin Day mission, “is to inspire people throughout the globe to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin.” The program will include a showing of an episode of NOVA scienceNOW, “Where did we Come From?” The film is a journey back in time to the birth of our solar system to examine whether the key to our planet's existence might have been the explosive shockwave of an ancient supernova. Also in the film, meet a chemist who has yielded a new kind of "recipe" for natural processes to assemble and create the building blocks of life; and see how the head louse, sucking human blood for millions of years, is offering clues about our evolution. Finally, meet neuroscientist André Fenton, who is looking into erasing painful memories with an injection. All are welcome and coffee and a birthday cake will be served. Donations to the CCH scholarship fund will be gratefully accepted. For more about the Central Colorado Humanists, visit their website page centralcoloradohumanists.org and their facebook page.