Ancestor's Trail Pre-Hike Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Robert Gerlai of UTM will be discussing some of the major misconceptions of the theory of evolution in an afternoon presentation.

Evolution: Still a hotly debated and sometimes misunderstood scientific theory


Ideas vs. facts, speculation vs. theory?


The age of the Universe, the age of our planet and the age of life on it.
Is the appearance of life inevitable?


Life on Earth? Where did it come from?


Are we all connected? Any proof for a common origin?


Natural selection. What is it?


What is the basis of selection?


What makes an organism successful or not?


Species, groups, individuals vs. genes: Does evolution have a purpose?


Evolution as a process and not as an entity.
Seemingly clever designs vs. random mutation induced changes:
Creationism vs. the process of evolution.
Time is the key!
Why are we, humans, here?


Does evolution inevitably have to lead to the development of complexity?


Are we the pinnacle of evolution?


Who is more successful, us or bacteria?

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    In this two hour lecture, Professor Gerlai covered the key aspects of the theory of evolution, distilling it to its essence. The interactive nature of this lecture challenged the audience to further understand and explore the inner workings of this theory.

    In science, it is always reassuring to be able to reduce a seemingly complex theory to its very simple and basic mechanism:

    Mutate --> reproduce --> spread (repeat forever or die!?
    (Forgive me I am in the software business!))

    One of the best lectures that I have ever attended!

    1 · June 24, 2013

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    June 22, 2013

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    June 20, 2013

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