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Meetup details changed: NYC ATHEISTS MARCH BRUNCH / SPEAKER: Princeton Prof to Tell How Evolution Has Affected Humans It’s Not All Good News: Find Out How Your Back Pain May Be Due to Your Smart Ancestors

Sent on: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 12:12 PM

Princeton Prof to Tell How Evolution Has Affected  Humans 

It’s Not All Good News: Find Out How Your Back Pain May Be Due to Your Smart Ancestors  


“If, according to scripture, we were created in god’s image, then god has back problems,” says Professor Alan Mann.

Dr. Mann, who teaches human evolutionary studies at Princeton University, luckily has a sense of humor about his topic, because the news is not all that good for humans: Evolution may have been responsible for our remarkable human development but evolution was not without its price: It has also resulted in a lot of pain and suffering.  


In his talk titled  THE SCARS OF HUMAN EVOLUTION, on Sunday, March 11 at the NYC Atheists Brunch, Prof. Mann will discuss how we have evolved from earlier ancestors in a way that has produced a functional human--but one that is not perfect.


Our upright posture, for example, was a huge evolutionary advance for humankind that allowed us to use our hands, but it has also limited us in many ways, burdening us with lower back problems, slipped and herniated discs, birth problems, even varicose veins. 

Imperfection Proves god Not Involved


This imperfection of evolution has a special interest for Atheists, Prof. Mann contends. It shows, for instance, that “there is no deity who produced an individual that is perfect,” The very imperfection of human evolution demonstrates that no god was involved or else He surely could have worked out the kinks and the back pain.  

Prof. Mann points out that when humans adopted bipedalism, or erect posture, evolution simply modified what was already there. “When we look at the way we balance our upper body on our hip joint, we see that this has been accomplished through changes in the architecture of the spine that has allowed us to stand upright but also puts enormous force on the bottom of the spine--and that’s where nearly all herniated discs occur.”  

Prof. Mann, who is a native New Yorker, received his doctorate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and has also taught at the University of Pittsburgh.  

Come on Sunday to hear this remarkable, entertaining and insightful teacher who shares with us his strong belief in evolution.  Come and enjoy Brunch with friendly, relaxed, like-minded people who take pleasure in sharing a meal and learning together.   



WHAT:               “THE SCARS OF HUMAN EVOLUTION,” a talk by Professor Alan Mann, professor of human evolutionary studies at Princeton University.  


WHEN:               SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012 AT 12 noon.

WHERE:             THE PRESS BOX -932 Second Ave. (bet. 49th & 50th Streets)   Second Floor

COST:                 The Brunch is $20, which includes a selection of buffet entrees,  salad, a soft drink, coffee, tax and tip.  We encourage seconds on the delicious Eggs Benedict.  


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