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Feed Your Brain - Darwin Day Special Presentation

  • Feb 16, 2014 · 11:00 AM
  • CFI-LA

Special Presentation for Darwin Day

Cameron Smith - The Evolution rEvolution

11 a.m. in Hollywood
4:30 p.m. in Costa Mesa*

Three decades of intensive genetic and genomic study have essentially rewritten our understanding of evolutionary process - on all scales from molecules to ecosystems. A New Evolutionary Synthesis is emerging, yielding a far subtler understanding of evolutionary dynamics, from DNA repair to speciation. In his talk, Dr. Cameron Smith, a prehistorian at Portland State University, will review the main facets of the New Evolutionary Synthesis, using plenty of jaw-dropping examples of just how evolution works.

Dr. Smith's work focuses on human evolution - past, present and future. He began his study of anthropology with the Leakey research team in northern Kenya and has conducted archaeological fieldwork worldwide. He has been published widlet in peer-reviewed technical journals, including the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Structure and Dynamics, Physics of Life Reviews, Oxford's British Archaeological Reports, the Journal of Field Archaeology and International Monographs in Prehistory. Dr. Smith also has written for the general public in many magazines, including Scientific American, OMNI, Scientific American MIND, Archaeology, and Spaceflight.

Dr. Smith is also author of several books on evolution endorsed by the American Library Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Center for Science Education, including The Top Ten Myths about Evolution and The Fact of Evolution. He also has appeared on PBS, the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and on many radio shows including Bob Edwards' Weekend, Michio Kaku's Science Fantastic, and Scientific American podcasts.

Admission
Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4

Free Parking

*This lecture will be repeated at 4:30 p.m. at the Costa Mesa community center at 1845 Park Ave. in Costa Mesa. Hosted by the CFI Community of Orange County.

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  • Gary H

    from the event, which was a fascinating, detailed talk.

    What Anthropologists Should Know About the New Evolutionary Synthesis
    Cameron M. Smith1 and Julia C. Ruppell

    Portland State University: Departments of 1Anthropology and Biology

    Abstract: Discoveries of modern biology are forcing a re-evaluation of even the central
    pillars of neo-Darwinian evolution. Anthropologists study the processes and results of
    biological and biocultural evolution, so they must be aware of the scope and nature of
    these changes in biology. We introduce these changes, comment briefly on how they
    relate to anthropology, and suggest numerous readings to introduce anthropologists to the
    significance and substance of the new evolutionary synthesis. ...

    URL: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/18b9f0jb

    Video
    BBC - Men stealing meat from lions.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBpu4DAvwI8

    February 18, 2014

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