Yesterday, Sarah Palin was greeted by a throng of supporters in The Villages, Florida “” a retirement community northwest of Orlando. (Glenn Beck visited the same town this past weekend.) There were shouts of “We love you Sarah!” and “We want you to be president!” from the crowd. And Palin did plenty to stoke their hopes:
For me, it’s easily summed up in one Time magazine photo:
How about you?
Here’s something else I’m thankful for: Science.
Charles Darwin’s seminal work, On the Origin of Species, was published on 150 years ago this week, November 24, 1859. You can read the first edition online here. The National Science Foundation has an amazing special report which you can access by clicking here or on the image above.
No, it doesn’t bear directly on climate change, but I think this historic anniversary is relevant for a couple of reasons. First, for all the angst over the public’s understanding of climate science – 72% think we’re warming and 82% of those think it’s a serious problem — only 39% of Americans say they “believe in the theory of evolution,” and it’s been around a lot longer and is as well-substantiated a theory as any in science.
Second, Darwin was, among other things, a great science writer. For aspiring and practicing science writers out there, here is how the conclusion to his masterwork evolved — see Science (subs. req’d) and here: