Celebrate Darwin Month and Learn 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.
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
misconceptionsexisting 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 servedDartmouth 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.

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  • Paul

    Prof Roger Sloboda gave a very easily understandable and excellent summary regarding the major misconceptions held and promoted by those who not only misunderstand evolution but also science as a whole. He also touched upon some of the concerns and dangers resulting from the perpetuation of these misconceptions in areas such as politicians responsible for science related policies. Hopefully, Prof Sloboda will continue to stimulate further discussions in groups like ours, and that his message can reach the ears of a much broader audience in the general populace.

    I thank the organizers for this excellent presentation.

    February 3, 2013

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