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Dr. Cameron Smith: The Evolution rEvolution \ CFI Feed Your Brain Lecture Series

CFI's special presentation in honor of Darwin Day:

Three decades of intensive genetic and genomic study have essentially rewritten our understanding of evolutionary process - on all scales from molecules to ecosystems. A New Evolutionary Synthesis is emerging, yielding a far subtler understanding of evolutionary dynamics, from DNA repair to speciation. In his talk, Dr. Cameron Smith, a prehistorian at Portland State University, will review the main facets of the New Evolutionary Synthesis, using plenty of jaw-dropping examples of just how evolution works.

Dr. Smith's work focuses on human evolution - past, present and future. He began his study of anthropology with the Leakey research team in northern Kenya and has conducted archaeological fieldwork worldwide. He has been published widlet in peer-reviewed technical journals, including the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Structure and Dynamics, Physics of Life Reviews, Oxford's British Archaeological Reports, the Journal of Field Archaeology and International Monographs in Prehistory. Dr. Smith also has written for the general public in many magazines, including Scientific American, OMNI, Scientific American MIND, Archaeology, and Spaceflight.

Dr. Smith is also author of several books on evolution endorsed by the American Library Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Center for Science Education, including The Top Ten Myths about Evolution and The Fact of Evolution. He also has appeared on PBS, the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and on many radio shows including Bob Edwards' Weekend, Michio Kaku's Science Fantastic, and Scientific American podcasts.

This event is part of the "Feed Your Brain" series sponsored by and held at the Center for Inquiry. .

The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to "To promote and defend reason, science, and freedom of inquiry in all areas of human endeavor." CFI organizations publish Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines. See for more information, or call (323) 666-9797.

Costa Mesa, Orange County:

This event will also repeat in Costa Mesa at 4:30pm on February 16th:

Costa Mesa Community Center
1845 Park Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA  92626

They have a free parking lot as well as extra space at the Library next door.

Optional early dinner together following the lecture.

Hosted by the CFI Community of Orange County. For more information on CFI-OC, email Jennifer Koontz at [masked].

Parking at the Los Angeles location:

Free parking in their lot at the corner of Hollywood and Berendo, in back of the building (aka The Steve Allen Theatre).  If the lot fills up, there is also metered street parking.

The entrance is on the west side patio area, first floor.

Admission Fees for both locations:

Seating is first-come, first-served.
Friends of the Center for Inquiry: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4

Located in the theater on the first floor (150 maximum capacity).

CFI-LA Refreshment Stand and Bookstore:
CFI has a wonderful bookstore, so come early if you wish you see all their great books and fun stuff they have available for purchase.

They also offer coffee, tea and cookies for purchase... yummy!

Optional lunch following the lecture:
As is the CFI-LA's tradition, optional lunch following the lecture is located one block away at this Thai restaurant which has an affordable extensive menu.  Just ask the hostess to sit with the CFI tables.

Bamboo House
4852 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 9002

To view their menu:

Thanks, CFI... this sounds like another fascinating lecture!

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  • Stu

    An excellent presentation by Cameron Smith with an overflow audience.

    February 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      And thanks for the great photos!

      February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad you enjoyed it... I expected it would be a great lecture!

    February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was new material for me so I really enjoyed it.

    February 16, 2014

  • Stu

    I am here.

    February 16, 2014

    • Stu

      We are in 5th row. Are you here yet?

      February 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, we scored seats on the side. Enjoy :)

      1 · February 16, 2014

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