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Why Evolution is True and Why Many People Still Don't Believe It

Jerry Coyne (professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and author of the seminal book, Why Evolution is True) is one of the world’s most eloquent defenders of evolutionary science in the face of legal, religious, and cultural opposition. In this talk, Coyne will explore the multifarious evidence for evolution, why Americans are so resistant to accepting the theory, and what can be done to make the country more evolution-friendly.

Free and open to the public,

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street.

Free parking available in the 52 Oxford Street garage.

Part of the Evolution Matters lecture series. Supported by a gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit.

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  • Steve W

    Excellent talk. Jerry Coyne is not only an expert on evolution, he is an expert in the politics of the teaching of science in the US, which is affected greatly by 1) local school board control and 2) strong religious views in many parts of the US. If you missed the talk and are interested in evolution, you should buy his book "Why Evolution Is True". If you are interested in the policy/political issues you should follow his blog

    May 3, 2012

  • David E. L.

    This was an excellent general lecture by Dr. Jerry Coyne for those who are interested in a primer on the evidence supporting evolution. Dr. Coyne also discussed religion as the sole source of evolution denial in the US and elsewhere. Finally, he proposed that the reason both evolution denial and religiosity are so high in the US is that we also score high for various "social disfunction" metrics. Therefore, the way to diminish religiosity and consequently evolution denial is to correct the social ills that plague the US.

    May 3, 2012

  • Leonard & Jane B.

    Two thumbs up

    May 3, 2012

  • Jane B.

    Enjoyed it.

    May 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The lecture hall ended up being standing room only, so I can only assume our 60 people were mixed among the larger public crowd. The talk itself was great and informative, the speaker well prepared, humorous, and very kind in-person at the book signing.

    May 3, 2012

  • cathy m.

    I really planned on attending and already have the book however I will not be able to. Would anyone be able to either pick up my book and have it signed or if someone would be willing to get a book for me there and have it signed in exchange for the brand new book that I have?

    May 2, 2012

  • Olivia

    I personally cannot attend, despite having posted this. I apologize for that. However, I am sure that you will bump into a fair amount of like-minded atheists at the talk, whether they found out through BA or otherwise :) There is a huge list of you attending! Nice! Perhaps one of you is willing to suggest a post-lecture exodus to a reputable establishment? I know John Harvard's is good for groups.

    May 2, 2012

  • Mitch

    Just curious: Will there be any "meeting up" involved for this meetup :-), either before, during, or after? In any event, should be a good lecture.

    May 2, 2012

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