Darwin Day Program: "On the Heels of Dinosaurs & Creationists"

Join us for Center for Inquiry Northeast Ohio's February Darwin Day meeting, featuring paleontologist & CFT member Glen Kuban. Glen's program is titled "On the Heels of Dinosaurs & Creationists".

Glen first became interested in paleontology while earning a degree in biology at the College of Wooster, but with a twist; he was a fundamentalist-leaning Christian at the time, and was hoping to verify certain so-called “out of place” fossils (such as the famous Paluxy River tracks) on the side of Creationism!

Instead, Glen ended up documenting hard evidence contrary to creationist claims, and discovered some new authentic dinosaur tracks in the process. His ongoing zest for paleontology caused a major shift in Glen’s thoughts about religion as well.

Darwin’s Birthday cake (and of course coffee) will be served- don’t miss this one!

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  • Dale

    Very good presentation. It's just a shame to see how many people hang on to ancient superstition into the 21st century. What can be done? Maybe just make sure your kids are taught how to think and ask questions, ask the very least.

    February 15, 2013

  • Glen

    Suzy and Mark,
    Thanks very much for your kind words. I really enjoyed doing it. Suzy, your comment about time raises a good point. If these guys really believed they found things as stupendous as genuine human tracks or remains in Cretaceous rocks, it doesn't make sense that they didn't they spend more time properly documenting the evidence, instead of doing sketchy work and publishing a bunch of fuzzy photos and extreme claims. So deep down I think many knew the evidence was dubious, but their YEC bias, peer pressure, and desire to prove their case, led them to paint (sometimes literally) the evidence as they did. J Morris even admitted to me that he was influenced by some of these factors, yet he didn't seem to notice the irony of that, in terms of YECs holding themselves up as models of truth and integrity, while slamming "evolutionists" as biased or dishonest. So these issues seem as interesting from psychological and social standpoints as scientific ones.

    1 · February 14, 2013

  • Mark T.

    Great presentation Glen, thanks again for doing it! "Fossil cowboy boot"... priceless! :)

    February 14, 2013

  • Suzy W.

    Very interesting presentation! It's incredible the amount of time that Glen has spent researching this subject while attempting to find, observe and analyze these fossils and dinosaur tracks.

    February 14, 2013

  • Cloudberry

    Great program!

    February 13, 2013

  • Ellen

    :-(

    February 12, 2013

  • Ellen

    I'm now a Maybe... have off-site training that day

    February 8, 2013

  • Glen

    I appreciate this opportunity to share my paleo work and how it relates to creationism and my personal journey. I'll be bringing along some fossils and dinosaur tracks.

    2 · January 19, 2013

    • Maude

      Now, now, the Vatican acknowledges evolution and you don't learn creationism or rot like we existed with dinosaurs in Catholic schools. Don't get them mixed up with the fundaloons-they are mostly from protestant backgrounds.

      February 7, 2013

    • Glen

      You're right Maude, and I'm glad the pope is on board with evolution. However, quite a few Catholics seem not to have gotten the memo. Like many Americans in general, some flatly reject the idea of evolution. Others just dispute human evolution, for a variety of reasons. Some seem to just not have learned much about the evidence, while others don't like the idea of being related to apes, or feel it undermines doctrines like original sin, which the pope is still big on.

      February 8, 2013

  • Beth

    I would love to come, but I can't get a baby sitter. :-(

    February 8, 2013

  • Maude

    I am really looking forward to this. But, I am tentative as of this minute.

    February 7, 2013

  • Marni T.

    It's usually hard for me to attend these on Wednesdays.

    February 1, 2013

  • Beth

    I would love to come, but I have wait and see when the husband is working so he can take the kids.

    January 30, 2013

  • Cloudberry

    As long as the weather holds. Snow and ice make an hour's drive too much.

    January 21, 2013

  • notdave

    If I'm in town

    January 21, 2013

  • Ram

    Tentative

    January 20, 2013

  • Dale

    Sounds interesting. I'll try to be there.

    January 19, 2013

  • Glen

    Since I'm the speaker I guess I'd better show up, ha.

    January 19, 2013

  • Tim C.

    This should be an excellent topic and interesting presentation. Unfortunately, I will be in Florida on vacation that week and must miss it!

    January 19, 2013

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