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Darwin Day Celebration at Moonstruck Diner in Manhattan

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Join us on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate Darwin Day at the Moonstruck Diner located at 449 3rd Avenue (at the corner of 31st Street) in Manhattan. Admission is free but you are expected to purchase a dinner.

RSVP here and then e-mail DrTomStevens@aol.com to let us know you are coming.

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Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809. Specifically, it celebrates the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin — the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor. More generally, Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity.

Alfred Kaminski and Leonard Finkelman will make presentations and lead a discussion on the importance of Charles Darwin and the recognition of Darwin Day.

Darwin and De-extinction

In "The Origin of Species," Darwin wrote that once a species goes extinct, "the same identical form never reappears." One hundred and fifty years later, scientists announced plans to resurrect the Woolly Mammoth through genetic engineering. Was Darwin wrong? The answer to that question depends on the philosophy one adopts. We will examine some of the philosophical views relevant to biologists' current pursuit of de-extinction and how those views relate to Darwin's original work.

About Leonard Finkelman

Leonard Finkelman received his PhD in Philosophy from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2013. His research focuses on issues in Philosophy in Biology and particularly those related to paleontology and classification. In addition to this research, he has written on topics in ethics, possible-world semantics, and human nature. He will also occasionally indulge interests in astronomy, prehistoric art, science fiction, and graphic novels.

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