Good Lord! It’s Darwin Day

As if upsetting people with its bus ads wasn’t enough, the British Humanist Society (when did it suddenly get so feisty?)will be distributing this poster to mark Darwin Day

As if upsetting people with its bus ads wasn’t enough, the British Humanist Society (when did it suddenly get so feisty?)will be distributing this poster to mark Darwin Day

The poster, designed by Blast, will be displayed in various public spaces (including universities and libraries), to promote a series of celebratory events, including the annual Darwin Day Lectures, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth (and 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species), which falls on February 12. 

The copy at the base of the poster reads: “In 1859 Charles Darwin published his book On the Origin of Species, controversially challenging the conventional view of the creation, with his theory of evolution by natural selection – a debate still raging today. Join us to celebrate both the 150th anniversary of one of the most revolutionary and influential scientific theories ever conceived, and the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth.”

“The humorous tone [of the poster] is intended to engage the audience whilst making them aware of a still heated debate, encouraging people to contact the BHA or log on to their website,” says Blast. “The design and finishing are intended to balance this approach by evoking the deeply traditional nature of creationism.” A limited run will be printed in gold foil.

The BHA is also backing a campaign to have February 12 declared a national holiday.

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