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Discussion On Evolution

For our 5th Anniversary we will have a discussion on the science of evolution.

Specifically, I would like to focus on how evolution shaped humanity. We will discuss everything from the obvious things such as our big brain, to the less well know super athletic ability of throwing ability and endurance running. We will also discuss concepts such as memes, or the evolution of thought and how that impacts our society from technology to morals.

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  • Thomas F.

    I think it's a god-given quality corrupted by Adam's Fall into Original Sin. When are we going to have the Evolution II for those who didn't make it?

    February 14, 2012

  • Garrett K.

    I think it's likely that it did. It's probably a form of reciprocal altruism. Plus a way of winning allies.

    February 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Garrett. We all have this strong drive to spread our memes! Did that urge evolve?

    February 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't discussions get too unruly and multiple cross talk above about 12-15? Look for another cafe. Capriccio on 13th & Sansom is one. Maybe @2 so the time is different?

    February 14, 2012

  • George

    great discussion
    valuable comments and insights

    February 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thoughts on where a larger venue might be available:
    Supermarkets ? for example Giant in Horsham has a few large rooms on the second floor for all kind of gathering. Humanists Association of Greater Philadelphia holds movie nights there. That Giant has a pretty good coffee shop.
    Perhaps Whole Foods in Philadelphia has similar accommodations.
    Barnes and Noble ? the same organization (Humanists ?) holds book club nights there. Again, a coffee shop is right there.
    And finally Public Libraries.

    February 11, 2012

  • Garrett K.

    I get a little too excited when it comes to evolution.

    February 11, 2012

  • Garrett K.

    Sorry.

    February 11, 2012

  • Katie

    I apologize about that, should have thought about the cafe situation before. There won't be a 2nd discussion.

    February 11, 2012

  • Michael T.

    keep in mind that the cafes that allow us to meet there for free are doing us a favor. we are loud and dont buy much for how long we are there. I have been doing this a long time the rsvp limit is something that in a perfect world would not exist but it is mandatory. that said it is a bad idea to just invite everyone to tge cafe at 2. sorry to be the bad guy but I have to do what is best for the group in the long run.

    February 11, 2012

  • Michael T.

    I want everyone to know this group is just run by a few dedicated volunteers. we do our best to provide this venue for discussion but with no resources we can't be prefect. we have had tremendous growth recently and our old system for meetings is not working for many people. I spent a good part of my day trying to find larger venues, it isn't easy and I wasn't able to get anything for tomorrow (maybe I will have something for future meetings but it takes time)

    February 11, 2012

  • CJ F.

    This video lecture has a bunch of fascinating tidbits for discussion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4umCVdJfng

    I will take some notes tomorrow in the hopes of stimulating some threads of discussion.

    February 10, 2012

  • Katie

    Haha I'll take that as a no. For all those on the wait list, or those interested in continuing your morning conversation I hope you join us!

    February 10, 2012

  • Garrett K.

    Define able

    February 10, 2012

  • Katie

    Are you able to create an event? For others to join?

    February 10, 2012

  • Garrett K.

    meant to say vested, guess all the economics in the news got me confused

    February 10, 2012

  • Garrett K.

    With no power-invested-in-me, I declare Evolution part II at 2pm, same location.

    February 10, 2012

  • Salim N.

    me too

    February 10, 2012

  • Katie

    Either works for me.

    February 10, 2012

  • Garrett K.

    Or a second session in the same place? Maybe 2ish? Or Lincoln financial field?

    February 10, 2012

  • Salim N.

    I second that proposal.

    February 10, 2012

  • Katie

    If others are interested I think we should set up a 2nd meeting nearby. I am new to the area so I don't know what location would be good.

    February 10, 2012

  • Garrett K.

    I think it's appropriate, given the topic, that the 15 out of the 44 whose foresight is superior (proven by getting on the attending list first) will be the ones who will successfully get to spread their....memes.

    February 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    "What Evolution Is?" by Ernst Mayr is an excellent book. I know this isn't a Book Club, but it provides an excellent explanation of the process of evolution.

    December 28, 2011

  • CJ F.

    Last year, Jeannie and I watched the full set of free on-line video lectures for Open Yale Courses' "Principles of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior". I wrote a detailed review of that course at http://blog.cjfearnley.com/2011/08/23/a-big-picture-conceptual-introduction-to-biology-eeb-122/

    Lecture 21 on "Evolutionary Medicine" was particularly interesting and I plan to bring some thoughts about that lecture in particular.

    December 17, 2011

  • Joan B.

    I have been reading 'Anarchy Evolution', a book written by one of the founders of the punk band 'Bad Religion' and professor in zoologogy and life sciences Greg Graffin and award-winning science writier Steve Olson. It is a naturalist's world view of evolution, discussing new theories in the field of Darwinian thought.
    Just thought I'd put that out!
    'The Third Chimpanzee', by Jared Diamond, is another intelligent option.
    Thank you; I look forward to the discussion.

    December 17, 2011

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