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Ellicott City, MD
Come celebrate Darwin Day with friends of the Baltimore Coalition of
Reason and show your support for reason and evolution! The first
event is tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at the UMBC Secular Student
Alliance. The second is Sunday at the Baltimore Ethical Society.
The UMBC Secular Student Alliance event for Darwin Day is as follows:
When: Wednesday, February 8th, from 7 to 9 pm
Where: UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Physics 101, previously LH6
Dr. Kevin Omland of the UMBC biology department will be joining the
Secular Student Alliance in celebrating the legacy of Charles Darwin
and his contributions to science for this holiday celebrating Darwin's
The best place to park on campus for non-students is in the Commons
garage, on Commons Drive, at coin meters. The Physics building is a
short walk across the street from the parking garage.
Visitor parking is available in metered lots. Meters are enforced year
round Monday-Friday from 7:30 am – 9:00 pm. Meter fees are $.25 for
each 15 minutes, quarters only, maximum time of 5 hours. If visitors
come park after 7pm they can park in whichever section they choose,
regardless of parking permit zone.
The second event is hosted by the Baltimore Secular Humanists and
the Baltmore Ethical Society.
When: Sunday, February 12, 10:30 am
Where: Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St.
Foundations of Evolution
President, Washington Area Secular Humanists
As have all accomplished scientists, Charles Darwin built on the work
of his predecessors. In this talk with accompanying slide
presentation, Mike Reid will discuss the amazing ideas of Erasmus
Darwin (Charles' grandfather who speculated on organisms originating
from primitive ancestors), James Hutton (the 18th-century geologist
who discovered the antiquity of the Earth and speculated on natural
selection), Sir Charles Lyell (the geologist who inspired Darwin and
later became his close friend), Alfred Russel Wallace (the naturalist
who independently discovered organic evolution and natural selection),
and others who while less well-known also made essential
contributions. He will argue that Charles Darwin was the greatest of
the evolutionists, but not the first or only one. He will also make
the case that precursory scientific discoveries had to have been made
and that society had to have reached a certain level of social,
political, economic, and technological development before evolutionary
theory could be formulated.
Mike Reid is the president of the Washington Area Secular Humanists
(WASH), the parent organization of the Baltimore Secular Humanists. He
holds degrees in geology and computer systems. He formerly taught
geology and astronomy at a community college in California and works
in the aerospace field and the space program. He has a long-standing
interest in the history of science and in the 19th century.
This CoR event is hosted by the Baltimore Secular
Humanists and the Baltimore Ethical Society.
Washington Area Secular Humanists website:
Baltimore Coalition of Reason website: