I am glad that the blog has gone back to the topic of evolution. I do not know if I should admit this but my blog is a little late. But late is better than never. A few weeks ago the campus along with millions world wide celebrated the publication of the book Origin of Species and Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday. I had the opportunity to attend several lectures presented by the Biology Department on the topic of evolution. Some lectures were even on religion and evolution. I did not attend those. I attended one Dr. Fairbanks entitled The Many Faces of Charles Darwin.
I had the opportunity at the beginning of Darwin week to hear Dr. Fairbanks speak at a lecture series presented by the Biology Department. Before he began to lecture Dr. Fairbanks presented a professor in attendance a beautiful drawing of Charles Darwin. I was very impressed with his artistic ability just from the drawing. I later found out after the lecture that Dr. Fairbanks was going to lecture during Darwin week and sculpt a clay bust of Darwin while he gave a lecture.
The lecture was very informal due to the Dr. Fairbanks sculpting Darwin as he spoke. I learned several things during the lecture that made me really ponder long after the lecture was over. First I have to say that I found it amazing that Dr. Fairbanks sculpted Darwin in one hour. I had front row seats and could not take my eyes off the sculpting for a second. In regards to what I take home from the lecture was the misunderstanding of Darwin and his contributions to biology. Charles Darwin made an observation and discovered a mechanism to describe his observations. He did not understand the complexities of genetics or molecular biology as we do today. It saddens me to read people really disrespect a man that did not like confrontation and was doing what most biologist hope to do in their life time which is be recognized in the field of their study. The lecture also made me ponder my views on evolution. To be honest I could careless how we evolved. I think that when it is all said and done everyone will know the truth and I hope that if Darwin’s theory of evolution is correct people will apologize to the man and tell him that he made a great contribution to human kind.
If God wanted us to know how the world was created and by what mechanism he would tell us. Gaining knowledge and understanding is part of his plan for us here on earth. I can help but think of the countless times that President Hinckley instructed us to attain as much education as possible. Our intelligence is the only thing that we as children of our heavenly father will be able to take with us when we enter the next part of life.