Catholics Celebrate Darwin Day

Houston’s observance of Darwin Day includes some Catholic participation:

Birthday Cake and “A Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus,” University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose, Houston, Texas. Thursday, February 12, 2009, 12:30 pm, 3:35 pm. and 5:00 pm.

Birthday Celebration: The Biology Department and the Biology Honor Society, Tri-Beta, at the University of St. Thomas will be celebrating with a Darwin Birthday Cake and refreshments from 12:30pm to 1:30pm on 12 February 2009 in front of Anderson Hall. From 5:00pm to 6:30pm on the same day we will be screening “A Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus” in Anderson Hall 103. Additionally, the Evolutionary Psychology class will be showing film clips from the PBS series entitled “Evolution: Learning and Teaching Evolution,” in Strake 107 beginning at 3:35pm. The entire event is to commemorate and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of “On the Origin of Species”. All are invited.

…These events are sponsored by the Tri-Beta Honor Society and the Biology and Psychology Departments at the University of St. Thomas.

George V. Coyne, S.J., Vatican Observatory, “The Dance of the Fertile Universe: Evolution or Intelligent Design?” Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, Texas. Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 6:30 pm

Did we come about by chance or by necessity in the evolving universe? The first thing to be said is that the problem is not formulated correctly. It is not just a question of chance or necessity because, first of all, it is both. Furthermore, there is a third element here that is very important. It is what I call the “fertility” of the universe. This is the dance of the fertile universe, a ballet with three ballerinas: chance, necessity and fertility. What this means is that the universe is so fertile in offering the opportunity for the success of both chance and necessary processes that such a character of the universe must be included in the search for our origins in the universe. In this light I am going to try to present in broad strokes what I think is some of the best of our modern scientific understanding of the universe, and then ask the question at the end: Can we conclude that there is an Intelligent Design to the universe? Fr. George Coyne is director emeritus of the Vatican Observatory in Tucson, Arizona where he was director for over 25 years.

This lecture is co-sponsored by Houston Museum of Natural Science, Darwin2009 Houston, Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies with media sponsorship provided by KUHF 88.7FM.