Public Meeting: Fun Myths About Evolution Explored & Board Elections

Arrive anytime between 1:00 and 2:00, here's the schedule:

1:00-1:15 p.m. – Social time
1:15-1:45 p.m. – Business Meeting - Elections for Board
1:45-2:00 p.m. – Break
2:00-3:30 p.m. – Public Lecture: Fun Myths About Evolution Explored
4:00-whenever – Dinner at Q.Cumbers (7465 France Avenue South, Edina)


Public Lecture: Fun Myths About Evolution Explored by Assoc. Prof. Sehoya Cotner

In honor of Charles Darwin's birth month, our February speaker will be Sehoya Cotner, who will discuss "Fun Myths About Evolution Explored."

Evolution is among the most contentious topics in our society, in part due to key misconceptions about the theory. Some of these are iconic (humans evolved from chimpanzees, survival of the fittest), some more esoteric (evolution is a belief system, Darwin discovered evolution, evolution is a random process). We'll discuss evolution itself, some key misconceptions, and potential negative consequences of falling victim to evolutionary myths.

Sehoya Cotner is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Biology Program at the University of Minnesota. Sehoya teaches General Zoology, The Biology of Galápagos, Coral Reef Ecology, and The Evolution and Biology of Sex. Her research interests include strategies for teaching science to non-scientists, as well as barriers to teaching evolution.

She is the co-author of three books: Arguing for Evolution: An Encyclopedia for Understanding Science, Chronology of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy, and Understanding Galapagos. You can read a Minnesota Public Radio interview of Cotner at the Minnesota Public Radio website.



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  • Rhonda

    Professor Cotner was engaging and entertaining; I could see her doing stand-up comedy. I'd love to hear the other 5 topics she suggested for our group and take her classes.

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anybody remember the names of the books she recommended? Very down-to-earth lady, I enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

    February 17, 2013

    • C A W.

      One of the books is "The Evolution od Desire". Another was "Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex". Another one is "Why Evolution is True". Those are the one I remember. Cheers.

      February 18, 2013

    • Rhonda

      Parasite Rex, The Red Queen, Your Inner Fish

      February 18, 2013

  • Gary M.

    This meeting was one of the best this group has ever had.

    February 17, 2013

  • Ed L

    Great, keep up the good wook

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Trudi

    The speaker was great. She made a topic that can be dense quite casual and entertaining. Bring her back for other topics.

    February 17, 2013

  • Alex

    Bad migraine today, have to cancel, sigh. Have fun!

    February 17, 2013

  • Bill W.

    will bring a few poems to share

    February 17, 2013

  • Richard M P.

    A fiends birthday came up in Thief River Falls.

    February 15, 2013

  • Richard M P.

    So sorry I have a friends brithday party the night before in Thief River Falls. I look forward to the next meetup.

    February 15, 2013

  • August B.

    She is a very popular professor at the U of M. We're looking forward to it!

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be going the the book of moron play I mean the book of mormon play.

    February 11, 2013

  • Stephanie

    That sounds pretty cool. I wish I didn't have to work Sunday.

    February 11, 2013

  • Mike H.

    I would love to go because Sehoya makes great presentations.

    February 2, 2013

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