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CFINO Presents: "Up the Tree" (Darwin Day program)

Join us for Center for Inquiry Northeast Ohio's February Cleveland chapter meeting/Darwin Day celebration, which will feature a very special program by longtime CFT member & group organizer Sam Salerno!

Sam's presentation is titled "Up the Tree: How the Strata Shows Evolution to be a Matter of Fact". He has been dedicating a lot of time to this presentation, which promises to be a good one w/some really cool visuals! In Sam's words: "We'll take a 4 billion-year journey from the chemical composition of life to the Homo Sapiens branch of evolution."

There is a good spot for Indian food almost right across the street from the library-great food for a very reasonable price (Udupi South Indian Cuisine). Perhaps some of us might drift over there after the presentation.

See you there! :)

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  • Marni H.

    Great job, Sam! A year's worth of work was very evident in your slides and how much you grasped of this far-reaching and complicated topic! Just one teensy request/suggestion...would it be at all possible next time to enlarge some of the slides for those of us who are vision challenged? LOL it just would be great if we could see a little more detail on some of those busier slides :)

    Dinner afterwards was great... It's a little worrisome though because every time we go there, we're pretty much the only people, and it's a really good place! Great group, lots of fun

    February 13, 2014

    • Sam S.

      We can work on that Mark. Thank you for the complements though.

      March 22, 2014

  • Tim C.

    Follow up to post below:
    If truly interested in cosmological evolution:\
    ORIGINS by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
    EINSTEIN"S TELESCOPE by Evalyn Gates
    HOW OLD IS THE UNIVERSE by David Weintraub
    ATOM by Lawrence Krauss
    4% UNIVERSE by Richard Panek (a great history of the search for answers--i.e. Dark Matter and Dark Energy)

    Of course there are kazillions more, but these are excellent for folks who are not scientists or already well-read on these subjects. In other words, these are good starters!

    February 13, 2014

  • Tim C.

    Excellent job, Sam. A very complex subject and tough to distill into an hour or so! Many of the questions asked after were probably a bit too far off topic, but that's ok. You handled well. Evolution of self-awareness and what we think of as human intellect:
    Good question, but needs its own talk; not pertinent to evolution as shown in fossil record and rock strata. Lots of speculation and inference, but no real hard data. How do we know what a Australopithecus was thinking as he or she wandered across the African Savannah?
    Book to read on that subject: FROM LUCY TO LANGUAGE by Donald Johanson and Blake Edgar. Dating is also a complex subject. Too many lines of evidence and methods of inference and calculation and calibration to go into in the course of a short talk! Both Case and CMNH offer talks that give much more detail on this subject:

    Books to read:
    ORIGINS by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
    WHY EVOLUTION IS TRUE by Jerry Coyne
    EVOLUTION: WHAT THE FOSSILS SAY by Donald Prothero

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Cloudberry

    Sounds good and I'm sure Sam will do a great job, but I've promised a friend I would go to a writers' meeting, with a much shorter drive, and I have to keep my word. Hope everyone has a great time.

    1 · February 11, 2014

    • Maude

      I can't wait! If it's on a Thursday or Monday, this young friend of mine could attend. He is very interested in how evolution works and I'm not allowed to tell him about programs that come up on nights he has to work. So I didn't tell him about tonight. Until afterwards. He works at the gas station across the street from where we were. When I told him he missed it, he had a look of agony. lol. He's a good kid. Just didn't get much in the way of a decent education.

      February 13, 2014

    • Cloudberry

      Any chance the 2nd presentation could be at a location a little bit farther south?

      February 13, 2014

  • Roni & Elliott B.

    I hope Sam does it again because we really were sorry that we had to miss it.

    Roni & Elliott

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Dale

    I thought that Sam did a fantastic job. Not that I could follow everything. There was a lot of information in a short time - 2 billion years of evolution in 2 hours?

    It's just so wonderful to be part of a group with so many brilliant members. I'm hoping that some of it might rub off on me. So far no luck.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mr. DARWIN.
    And Many Happy Returns of the Day!

    February 13, 2014

  • Mark T.

    Great presentation, Sam! And a great turnout for Darwin Day (didn't get an exact count but close to 45). 20 of us went to Udupi afterwards, it was fun & the food was good (although a few orders got a bit messed up).

    February 13, 2014

    • Jerry C.

      It was nice to finally meet Sam. The presentation was good and the food at Udupi was too. The conversations were fascinating as usual.

      February 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hate missing this. This weather has me hurting so bad & I have a major case of the blues. Please redo during better weather

    February 12, 2014

    • Maude

      Hope your blues lift soon.

      1 · February 12, 2014

  • Suzy W.

    I know this is kind of last minute but I am going to stay in tonight. My eye is not doing well with night driving yet. I see the doc again on Friday and may postpone my next eye surgery until after this one is clearer. Have fun everyone!

    ..1.042+

    February 12, 2014

    • Maude

      Awww. I remember I had what seemed to be greatly diminished night vision after the first eye was done. Got better after the second one, actually, because I think what I was really noticing was how bad the undone one was, once the first one was done. It gets better though-the night vision. Mine never got to where it was before, but it's passable. I have the regular lenses-I hear the dual lenses have more problems at night but mostly with glare.

      February 12, 2014

  • Tim C.

    Gonna try like heck to get there!

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Karthik P.

    Tentative

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Roni & Elliott B.

    Sorry, can't make it. Sounds great, though, so we're sorry we won't be there.

    1 · February 6, 2014

  • Sam S.

    Hmm that looks to be a synapsid fossil Mark. Yea or Nay? I am excited about this presentation.

    1 · January 17, 2014

    • Valerie

      Dang, sorry I can't make it! I'm flying out of town that day! :-(

      February 5, 2014

    • Sam S.

      I should be doing this same presentation later in the year. And when I'm not as pressed for time. So I'll be able to add more to it.

      2 · February 6, 2014

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