Sunday, Feb. 3 at 10:30 am: “Common Misconceptions About Evolution,” by Roger D. Sloboda, Ira Allen Eastman Professor of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College
Location: Baltimore Ethical Society
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 misconceptions existing 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 served Dartmouth 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.