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Evolutionary Theory

February marks the 200th anniversary of British naturalist Charles Darwin’s birth as well as the 150th anniversary of the publication of his revolutionary work, On the Origins of Species. Darwin [masked]) observed the surprising similarities among different species of tortoises and birds while serving aboard the HMS Beagle on its five-year expedition to South America and the Pacific Islands. Shortly after his return in 1836, he formulated his theory of evolution by natural selection, but did not publish his findings until 1859. Our understanding of the evolutionary process is largely the result of Darwin’s work. At our February chapter meeting, Professor Robert M. Hazen will be explaining that theory in depth in a DVD presentation. Hazen is a scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory where he researches the origins of life and the emergence of prebiotic chemical complexity. He is also Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University. Prof. Hazen has received many awards for his teaching and is the author of 15 books, including the bestselling Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy. He received his B.S. and S.M. in geology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1971), and his Ph.D. at Harvard University in earth science (1975). A discussion will follow the DVD presentation.

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  • Jack R.

    It's great to meet fellow humanists and freethinkers in the area. The video was a good pick. The meetup was fun!

    February 21, 2009

  • Nathan C.

    Very in depth DVD on evolution (though the lecturer went really fast to fit in all the information. Discussion afterward but interesting but lacked focus

    February 21, 2009

  • Mark T.

    I was pleased to have the opportunity to revisit the tenets of the theory. I have a clearer understanding of the topic now.

    February 21, 2009

  • Nathan C.

    Too bad Jessica, Hopefully you can make a future meeting. We meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month (usually!)

    February 20, 2009

  • Jessica F.

    Sounds so interesting! Too bad I won't be in town.

    February 20, 2009

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