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I Want To Read!

What to do…

Just record yourself reading from the last chapter of The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, and send it to us by June 1, 2009.

Find a well-known landmark or location. Look for:

  • Spectacular scenery
  • National landmarks
  • Sites of scientific importance

Read from The Origin of Species

  • The selection to read is from Chapter XIV, Recapitulation and Conclusion
  • Begin about 70% of the way through the chapter where the paragraph begins…
    • I have now recapitulated the chief facts and considerations which have thoroughly convinced me that species have changed, and are still slowly changing by the preservation and accumulation of successive slight favourable variations.
  • Read until the book ends with…
    • There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone circling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.
  • It will take between 25 and 30 minutes to read the entire section aloud.
  • You may split the reading between other readers, or just read what you can.
  • If you don’t have the book, here is the entire text of what will be on the film…

Send your tape, film, DVD, card, disc, or memory stick to:

Darwin Aloud
Center for Inquiry
4773 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027, USA

All video must be received by June 1, 2009.