It turns out, readers, that former president Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) shares the same birthday (February 12) as famed British Naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882). Now, we've all celebrated Lincoln for his accomplishments during he American Civil War. He freed the slaves in the Confederacy with the Emancipation Proclamation (did I spell that right?), kept the nation united and beat the South. Charles Darwin, on the other hand, didn't do THAT much, but, he did do one MAJOR thing. His book, On the Origin of Species, is one of the most controversial, yet widely accepted published piece of scientific work in history. And, yet, it was able to change the way we humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) view ourselves and the natural world around us. How's that for an accomplishment? However, Darwin has also recieved the most attacks by the public (namely "Christians" who are labeled by "Darwinians" as "Creationists").
Today, Brian Switek, over at Laelaps, did a very similar post on Lincoln and Darwin. I mainly skimmed through and it seems he was comparing the two. Makes sense, right? Why not, as they share the same birthday, you're asking me. Well, I won't do that. Why? The reason is, well, there's no point in comparing these men. They had VERY different professions and were VERY different men. They should both be remembered honorably and not compared. Charles Darwin was a naturalist and is controversial. Abraham Lincoln was a politician and the 16th President (1861-1865) of the United States. You can compare President Obama to Lincoln. You can compare Jean-Baptiste Lamarck to Darwin. But, by NO means, should these two great men be compared.