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Disbelievers' Dialogue: "The Poetry of Science," Wed., August 7, 6:30 p.m., Mpls

If you crave casual yet intelligent conversation about important issues with other nonbelievers, then join us at Dunn Brothers Coffee on Washington Avenue North in Minneapolis on Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30 p.m. This Meetup is organized around issues explored in a YouTube video (see below), and you are invited to share your knowledge and ideas.

The inspiration for this edition of the DD is a conversation between Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Although from different branches of science, both are nonbelievers, science educators, and former guests on our own Atheists Talk radio show (look for the archived programs as iTunes podcasts). So what questions do a distinguished evolutionary biologist and astrophysicist ask each other? Here are a few:

How can every point in the universe be the center of the universe?

How can such a small genetic difference between humans and other primates account for such a seemingly large difference in intelligence?

Are movie aliens just unimaginative copies of humans, or is there another reason they nearly always have humanoid features?

Precisely when did the United States signal that it would no longer be the world leader in scientific discovery?

Although titled "The Poetry of Science," Richard Dawkins points out at the beginning of the conversation that science is the poetry of reality. We should have quite a lot to talk about.

Watch the program by clicking the link below:

Other sources of information than this video are welcome, but if you skip it you will feel left out of much of the conversation. Please watch—your time will be well spent!

Questions will be provided to spur our meeting of minds, with your host moderating to be sure that everyone gets a chance to voice their thoughts and opinions. We must limit attendance to no more than 14, so be sure to update your RSVP if your plans change. We have the space until 9:00 p.m.

These Dialogues fill up fast, so don't delay if you'd like to reserve a spot!


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  • Jack C.

    Great group, interesting discussion. Thanks to all for the donations for the silent auction during the conference on Saturday!

    August 9, 2013

  • Ellen W

    I've got some work to catch up on, so I'll let someone in from the waiting list.

    August 7, 2013

  • Scott J.

    I'll step aside. About halfway through the video I lost all patience with Tyson constantly hijacking the conversation. It wasn't all that enlightening anyway. Books are far superior. (And you can just forget TED.)

    August 5, 2013

  • William T.

    Really wish I could make it, but I have class that evening.

    1 · July 24, 2013

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