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Darwin Month with Baltimore COR

  • Feb 3, 2013 · 10:30 AM
  • Baltimore Ethical Society

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.

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  • Paul

    Prof Roger Sloboda gave a very easily understandable and excellent summary regarding the major misconceptions held and promoted by those who not only misunderstand evolution but also science as a whole. He also touched upon some of the concerns and dangers resulting from the perpetuation of these misconceptions in areas such as politicians responsible for science related policies. Hopefully, Prof Sloboda will continue to stimulate further discussions in groups like ours, and that his message can reach the ears of a much broader audience in the general populace.

    I thank the organizers for this excellent presentation.

    February 3, 2013

  • Monique S.

    I enjoyed the lecture this morning. Quality as always. Sorry I could not stay longer for coffee and conversatons

    February 3, 2013

  • Khandra S.

    I'm glad I was finally able to make it to one of the events but sorry I couldn't hang around for long after. I enjoyed the lecture and the questions posed by attendees and I am looking forward to making it out to similar events.

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I attended a talk @ the Baltimore Ethical Society. The lecture was great & addressed the issue of the large percentage of Americans who question Evolution. I interacted with a few other attendees during coffee break & came away feeling that it was a positive experiance.

    February 3, 2013

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