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Darwin 200: Darwin's Canopy @ The Natural History Museum

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Darwin 200: Darwin's Canopy @ The Natural History Museum
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Last night, we attended the launch of Darwin 200 at the Natural History Museum. If he was still alive, Charles Darwin would be an actual living legend, due his 200th birthday on 12 February 2009. Clearly he's dead but that's no excuse not to have a national programme of activities around his life and work, especially since it's also nearly 150 years since the theory of evolution was pronounced and "Origin of the Species" published.

To celebrate, Darwin currently has pride of place, seated on the main stairs at the Museum, ponderously gazing at the Brontosaurus in the entrance hall. Possibly wondering what on earth is going on.

The first event fittingly involves the NHM and will see a lasting legacy with a new commissioned artwork for one of the Central Hall's first gallery ceilings, which has deteriorated beyond repair and been whitewashed (pictured). 10 artists have been selected to create proposals for a Darwin inspired canopy, which go on show at the museum today.

The proposals will be judged by a panel of art critics and curators, and the selected artist announced on 16 June 2008 when work will begin on the creation and installation of the artwork. The completed canopy will be unveiled on 12 February 2009, the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth.

Our sneaky peak at the contending ideas leaves us thinking that Turner prize winners Wallinger and Whiteread might not have been trying very hard on this one, whereas Christine Borland's "We Think" involves a sculptured human tree limb into which visitors place coins and make wishes. A negative tracing of said tree is made in dust on glass suspended from the ceiling with the coins eventually smelted down into a commemorative plaque. Now that's thinking.

Go say hello to Mr Darwin, tell us your opinion of the canopy proposals and watch this space for more about Darwin 200.

Entry to the Natural History Museum is free and it's open daily 10.00 to 17.50. The Darwin's Canopy exhibition runs till 14 September 2008.

Last Updated 04 June 2008

Dov Henis

Darwin Extended Beyond His Own Horizon

Darwin 200

Rethought Unified Field Theory And Evolution

A. SN Special : Darwin turns 200
http://www.sciencenews.org/vie...
This special web edition of Science News includes expanded versions of articles from the magazine's print edition plus two additional features, all commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

B. 22nd Century Conception Of Unified Field Theory And Evolution

The following brief essays present the 22nd century comprehension of evolution. They preserve Darwin's name in reference to Life Evolution in respect and appreciation of Darwin's promotion of the concept of evolution in life.

Life's Manifest
http://www.the-scientist.com/c...

Culture, A Ubiquitous Biological Entity
http://www.the-scientist.com/c...

Life And Darwinian Evolution, 21st Century Comprehension
http://www.the-scientist.com/c...

Rethink Unified Field Theory And Evolution
http://www.the-scientist.com/c...

Dov Henis

(Comments From The 22nd Century)
http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog...

Dov Henis

EVOLUTION Beyond Darwin 200

I.
At Darwin 200
Darwin Extended Beyond His Own Horizon
Rethought Unified Field Theory And Evolution

A. SN Special : Darwin turns 200
http://www.sciencenews.org/vie...
This special web edition of Science News includes expanded versions of articles from the magazine's print edition plus two additional features, all commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

B. 22nd Century Conception Of Unified Field Theory And Evolution

The following brief essays present the 22nd century comprehension of evolution. They preserve Darwin's name in reference to Life Evolution in respect and appreciation of Darwin's promotion of the concept of evolution in life.

Life's Manifest
http://www.the-scientist.com/c...

Culture, A Ubiquitous Biological Entity
http://www.the-scientist.com/c...

Life And Darwinian Evolution, 21st Century Comprehension
http://www.the-scientist.com/c...

Rethink Unified Field Theory And Evolution
http://www.the-scientist.com/c...

II.
Evolution beyond Darwin 200

Per "Design And Randomness In Cosmic And Life Evolution"
http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog...

Singularity and D-Infinity (max expansion, energy dilution) are the cosmic end states. Their in-between is a metastable state. This corresponds to commonsense observation: the denser the compacting goal of material the more energy is required, and vice versa the more thorough the disintegration of material the higher the amount of energy released. It seems that the cosmic universal process is E=Total[m(1+D)] , where D is the Distance from Big Bang point and the sum is of all spatial values of D from D=0 to D=selected value.

Presently the cosmos expands on the right side of the equation. However, within its accelerating overall energy dilution there are local phenomena of formation of temporarily constrained energy pockets that evolve backwords towards impansion. The two most obvious examples of such backword energy constraints are black holes and life, two distant relatives within a probably big family of various forms of cosmic 'backlash energy constraints'.

Suggesting,

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(Comments From The 22nd Century)
http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog...