Common Misconceptions about Evolution

Come celebrate Darwin Month with friends of the Baltimore Coalition of
Reason and show your support for reason and evolution!  Baltimore CoR
member organizations are hosting four Darwin-themed events in the month
of February.  The kick-off event is a lecture by Dartmouth biologist
Professor Roger Sloboda.

When: Sunday, February 3, 10:30 am
Where: Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St.

Common Misconceptions About Evolution
Roger D. Sloboda
Ira Allen Eastman Professor of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College

Approximately 85% of the adult population in the U. S., according to
CBS News polling, either does not believe evolution occurs or has some
doubt about the process. This indicates an alarming ignorance of
science in our country. As well, such an attitude influences much,
from economics to health care legislation, that shapes our society.
Examples of how such scientific illiteracy negatively affects us all
will be dealt with in today’s review of some of the
misconceptions existing about evolution and the process of science in
general.

Roger Sloboda has been a professor at Dartmouth College for the past
35 years (a fact he is finding more and more amazing of late). Prior
to that he received a PhD in developmental biology from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute and conducted postdoctoral research at Yale. In
addition to research and teaching duties, he has served Dartmouth as
Dean of Graduate Studies and as Associate Provost for Research.
Currently, he teaches introductory biology, cell biology, and
biochemistry and conducts research funded by the National Science
Foundation on the assembly of flagella in a green alga called
Chlamydomonas. The fact that the flagella of this organism, which is
separated from humans by several billion years of evolution, contains
proteins identical to those in human flagella began his interest in
the process of evolution.

Parking and Directions:

http://bmorethical.org/contact-us/directions/

(Parking is free on Sundays.)

Look for announcements and meetups for three more events this month:

Feb 10: "People, Animals and Beasts: Ethical Evolution" by Hugh Taft-Morales
Feb 11: "No Dinosaurs in Heaven" at Towson Secular Student Alliance
Feb 27: "Darwin's Extra Sense" at Baltimore Ethical Society film club

Baltimore Coalition of Reason website:

http://BaltimoreCoR.org/

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  • Jeff p.

    Interesting talk and a nice group of people.

    February 4, 2013

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