Leakey Lecture - Why We Are, What We Are, Where We Are

  • November 17, 2012 · 1:00 PM
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It's the semi-annual Leakey Lecture!!!

Humans from different regions differ anatomically and physiologically, as do monkeys. Why?

We find more monkey species and human cultures in the tropics than outside the tropics. Why?

California had many more Native American cultures than did Illinois – can what we know of monkeys tell us why?

If distant islands are more difficult to get to, why do we not find fewer monkey species or human cultures on more distant islands?

Are humans merely monkeys?

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  • Jennifer

    I'm absolutely thrilled to have a better event override our planned Chicago Skeptics event, especially when we can always reschedule to make room for national speakers. But I do ask when members post fun new events, they check to see if it's overlapping with a previously scheduled event and decide if it's worth quashing the planned lecture/talk. More importantly members who post great ideas, must put up the correct info for the event they're planning. Cost and location are key, and the event liaison must in good faith let everyone know of a location or price. Does that make sense?

    1 · November 19, 2012

    • TychaBrahe

      I posted the event to inform other members of science related things going on around the city. I didn't know that there was another event already scheduled, but even if I had, how would your or I know that some people wouldn't be interested in one or the other? Personally, I don't really do social events. So, for example, if there is a lecture happening on the same day as the Post-Apocalypse party, I don't want anyone to decide not to post the lecture because other people will be attending the party. The lecture might interest me, whereas the party doesn't. If there are multiple events that may be of interest to people, each person should be able to decide what they want to attend.

      November 22, 2012

    • Camp

      I’m fine with your approach, TychaBrahe, it’s good to have a choice of events. I think Jennifer is mostly concerned that conflicting events be accurately presented.

      November 23, 2012

  • Ken

    BTW, for those who heard the "lecture": Please remember there are many more species of plants in tropical regions than there are in temperate or arctic regions - SO " Men are just Plants" ...... :-)

    November 20, 2012

    • Camp

      Yeah, they “do the same things”-- Sit in the dirt and wait for the sun to come out. :-D

      1 · November 20, 2012

  • Ken

    AH ! The joys of Meetup.... I haven't "Rated" this,
    I'm glad Skeptics listed it, it's the kind of event we should be made aware of, & it always feels exhilarating just to be in that building... Was valid & good it was listed.
    On the other had the speaker sucked ! Both content & presentation was annoying, & boring - I looked around & many people were sleeping & quite a few left.
    Just an ad for his book which was: "We are monkeys, we are monkeys, my dumb unrelated statistics prove it!" He spoke exceeding fast, which he wouldn't have needed to do if he hadn't repeated everything stupid thing 3 times, & then didn't even stay long enough to answer everyone's questions. - Somebody should pull this guy's grant money, & make him go get a real job ! But this is not a reflection on Skeptics or the group :-)

    2 · November 19, 2012

    • Camp

      I pretty much agree, Ken--about the speaker. I also agree that it’s good to have been alerted to the event as it seemed to be something I would be interested in and you don’t find out unless you go. I would have bought the book just to find out if there was more to his “synthesis of many, many many others’ work", but it was $60, and based on the lecture, I wasn’t about to shell that out.

      1 · November 19, 2012

  • Camp

    I was a little disappointed, but perhaps it just wasn’t what I expected. Dr. Harcourt is very personable, and engaging, but I found the lecture short on content and detail. It did make me want to read the book and perhaps that is the intent.

    November 18, 2012

  • Jairus D.

    Jairus is in the house! .... Well, I'm in the museum.

    November 17, 2012

  • Ken

    In General from what I've seen :
    You must pay admission for day or be member or guest of member.
    No additional $ for lecture once you're in
    They ask you reserve seat - can do at website $=0.00
    Closest CTA Train is RED Line @ Roosevelt Rd Stop + 3/4 Mile walk.
    Also Museum Campus bus stops closer (1/4 mile walk) consult CTA...
    Parking = $$ (not sure how much) Pretty sure street Parking is hard to find & probably are metered ?

    November 16, 2012

    • Camp

      Thanks, Ken--glad I’m a walker, surprised there isn’t a bus right to the place, though.

      November 16, 2012

  • Camp

    Hello Monkey--you posted some detail about which entrance of the Field Museum to use and now I can’t find it. Help?

    November 16, 2012

    • the m.

      Hmm, for some reason the Leakey Lecture ticket link (https://tickets.fieldm...­) changed into that generic URL. The right one is now giving me an error. Definitely call!

      November 16, 2012

    • Camp

      Oh! Glad I ended up asking instead of following those directions! Yes, I will call. Many thanks.

      November 16, 2012

  • Ryan B.

    Info I have from friend from field museum is same as others have said, normal field museum admission required

    1 · November 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK, I just called the Field museum and the operator said that the lecture is free BUT with paid basic admission ($15). And, no, there is no free access.

    (312)[masked]
    Press 0 to reach the operator

    1 · November 16, 2012

  • Camp

    Who will be speaking? Of course we’re not monkeys, but we are apes, and we are closely related to monkeys. I’m sure this blurb is meant to pique interest, but with a degree in Anthropology, I find it kind of odd.

    November 3, 2012

    • ayala

      why odd?

      November 14, 2012

    • Camp

      Just not terminology I’d expect from an anthropologist, but perhaps “odd” was not the right word.

      November 15, 2012

  • the m.

    The "Humanists of West Suburban Chicagoland" meetup group is also attending.
    http://www.meetup.com/Humanists-of-West-Suburban-Chicagoland/events/90696092/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

    November 9, 2012

  • the m.

    "Free with Museum admission. RSVP is recommended; please call 312–665–7400 to reserve your seats."

    "Basic Admission entitles you entry into the Museum and many permanent exhibitions! $15 for adults, $10 for children (3-11), and $12 for students and seniors (65+)."

    Chicago Public Library offers group passes for free basic admission to the Field Museum and other museums.
    http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/kids/grkids_museumpass.php

    Parking lots are not free. Street parking can be free, but involves a little walk.
    http://fieldmuseum.org/visit/getting-hereparking

    November 9, 2012

  • Melissa s.

    I would have loved to have gone to this, but unfortunately, I will be working. :(

    November 3, 2012

  • Dave B.

    Dr. Alexander Harcourt is the speaker. And he was born in Kenya just like President Obama! :)

    November 3, 2012

    • Camp

      Thanks Dave! It’s good to know the “truth”. :-)

      1 · November 3, 2012

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