Thursday, February 10, 2005

Darwin Day Celebration

The anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth is approaching (February 12th). This article's title links to the Darwin Day web site, which includes a registry of events scheduled for the anniversary, building up to the 200th anniversary in 2009. In a related vein, if you want to get depressed about the sorry state of science education in this country, you might read this article at or this one at the Salt Lake City Weekly. Relevant web sites include Pharyngula and The Panda's Thumb.

How is this relevant to computing careers? Well, if your goal in life is to just be a "code monkey", hacking out this subroutine or that class as directed by your manager, then maybe not much. If you have more ambitious goals, then ask yourself this: how can you hope to imagine things that computers might do, but don't yet (you might call these "future products") if you can't appreciate how mechanical/algorithmic processes can produce complex, subtle behaviors?

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