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Celebrate Darwin Day: “Sharing the Tree of Life With Our Cousins” and Potluck

  • Feb 12, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Baltimore Ethical Society

Celebrate Darwin Day with the Baltimore Coalition of Reason! Join us for a potluck dinner and lecture on evolutionary theory by Prof. Kevin Omland (UMBC).

If you're joining us for dinner, please tell us you're coming and what dish you'd like to bring here: http://ur1.ca/ge890 .

Sharing the Tree of Life With Our Cousins: The Fall of the Ladder of Progress

One simplistic criticism of evolution by natural selection is that it cannot explain the evolution of complex organisms from simple organisms. In the 21st century, biologists are increasingly realizing that it is impossible to categorize some organisms as simple and others as complex. Old views of the evolutionary Tree of Life typically depicted life in an ordered "ladder of progress" with "simple" species at the bottom and most "complex" species at the top (typically considered by humans to be humans). Current views recognize that all present day are adapted to their particular niches, with no one species representing some pinnacle of evolution. Darwin would be delighted and amazed by how DNA sequences from an increasingly large number of species are now providing information on how all species on the planet are related to one another. Unlike misconceptions from back in the 1900s, evolutionary biology now recognizes that present day species are not descended from other present day species, rather we are all cousins.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    So much fun. My date and I truly enjoyed ourselves. We both love working our brains together.

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Paul

    A thoroughly and educational event, only topped by the presence of wonderful people and good food!

    February 14, 2014

  • Thomas

    Thought provoking talk preceded by wonderful food and fellowship.

    2 · February 12, 2014

  • Emil V.

    Weather Underground (wunderground.com) predicts zero percent chance at 8 PM and 60 percent chance of snow at 11 pm. Tonight's program should finish around 8:30-9 pm, so we should be fine. The Show Must Go On!

    February 12, 2014

  • Nancy P.

    weather.com - light snow at 8, 9 pm. We'll see!

    February 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just watch it not snow and the people will freak out for nothing again.

    February 12, 2014

  • Nancy P.

    Depending on weather. Although storm warning starts at 8 pm...

    February 12, 2014

  • Monique S.

    I would love to come, but it does not look like I can make it. Sorry.

    January 28, 2014

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