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Sunday Meeting

Sunday, April 14th – Oak Ridge Centre – 10 to 12 noon.

(The early part of our session is given over to informal socializing among us brilliant intellects.)

Then Conrad will give a brief lecture and lead a discussion on:

The life and contributions of Edward O. Wilson with an emphasis on his new book being published this week titled:  “Letters to a Young Scientist”.  Conrad will bring a copy of the book for people to examine in a week or so when it becomes available.

Amazon.com describes the new book in this way:

“Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation.

“Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. Reflecting on his coming-of-age in the South as a Boy Scout and a lover of ants and butterflies, Wilson threads these twenty-one letters, each richly illustrated, with autobiographical anecdotes that illuminate his career—both his successes and his failures—and his motivations for becoming a biologist. At a time in human history when our survival is more than ever linked to our understanding of science, Wilson insists that success in the sciences does not depend on mathematical skill, but rather a passion for finding a problem and solving it. From the collapse of stars to the exploration of rain forests and the oceans’ depths, Wilson instills a love of the innate creativity of science and a respect for the human being’s modest place in the planet’s ecosystem in his readers.”

Conrad says:  I will describe Wilson’s early life, the controversy over his book “sociobiology” and some points regarding a difference of opinion on an aspect of evolution portrayed in Wilson’s recent book “The Social Conquest of Earth”.  As part of my presentation, I expect to play a 15 minute video of Wilson talking about his latest book.

 

All are welcome to attend. After about half an hour of coffee, tea, and socializing, we discuss topics of interest to our members. Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca

The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup).

For more details on how to find the centre: http://bchumanist.ca/index.php/component/content/article/10-events/26-oakridge-seniors-centre

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  • Ian B.
    Executive Director of BCHA, Co-Organizer

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