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Quotes of the Day for 3 August 2002 – Evolution

John Thomas Scopes was born on this day in 1900. A quiet school teacher and athletic coach, he unwittingly became the defendant in what was called "The Monkey Trial" when the biology teacher suddenly had to be replaced. He lost the trial, and H. L. Mencken paid the $100 fine for him. It was a great spectacle, considered the most important trial of the century by many, but despite the verdict the scientific evidence prevailed and natural selection is still taught. Was Darwin right? Of course, in the essentials, but the theory of evolution itself continues to evolve as new information is revealed.

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The quotes:

I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
     - Charles Robert Darwin, 1809 - 1882

Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution.
     - Anthony J. D'Angelo

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one that is most adaptable to change.
     - Charles Robert Darwin

I'd give Charles Darwin videotapes of 'Geraldo,' 'Beavis and Butt-head' and 'The McLaughlin Group.' I would be interested in seeing if he still believes in evolution.
     - Dean Koontz


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