Darwin Week

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If any of our readers or contributors are taking part in Darwin Week activities, I’d like to invite them to announce those activities here. The International Darwin Day Foundation lists the better part of 100 activities here, most but not all between February 9 and 12. But if anyone has any pet activities to publicize, please go at it in the comments.

I will start: One of my colleagues tells me that the Iowa City event on February 11 and 12 will feature two talks by Frans de Waal, one technical, and one general. The general talk is entitled “Morality before Religion: Empathy, Reciprocity and Fairness in our Fellow Primates.” You may find the entire schedule and location at the link directly above.

The Secular Students and Skeptics Society at the University of Colorado is sponsoring a weeklong event, February 7-11. On Wednesday, February 9, I will discuss my contention that our sense of morality is an evolved trait; by a not entirely surprising coincidence, de Waal’s work figures into my talk. The no doubt sassy students will also show the movie “Creation” on Monday, February 7, followed by a discussion led by philosophy professor Carol Cleland. Again, you may find the entire schedule and locations at the link.

All I have so far. I invite anyone else who wants to publicize a specific event to do so in the comments.

Update, January 26: Please see below the fold for an update by Michael Zimmerman of the Huffington Post.

You will have to get through certain amount of boilerplate, but Michael Zimmerman has an article on the Huffington Post here, in which he suggests writing to various media outlets and asking them to cover Evolution Sunday. Here is his list:

Contact anyone you feel comfortable, but here are some suggestions:

1. NPR’s Talk of the Nation Science Friday - fill out suggestion form at http://www.sciencefriday.com/about/contact/

2. NPR’s Fresh Air - fill out suggestion form at http://help.npr.org/npr/includes/cu[…]s.aspx?sid=3

3. NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show - contact via [Enable javascript to see this email address.]

4. MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show - contact via [Enable javascript to see this email address.]

5. MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell - contact via [Enable javascript to see this email address.]

6. Fox News’s Fox & Friends - contact via [Enable javascript to see this email address.]

7. Fox News’s The O’Reilly Factor - contact via [Enable javascript to see this email address.]

Take this simple step and make a difference – a difference that can have a lasting effect on our understanding of both religion and science as well as on the very nature of science education for years to come.

When I write, I plan to direct them to this link (http://darwinday.org/events/) and note that countless events are planned all across North America.

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I hope everyone will consider recording and posting any Darwin Week events they are participating in.

(Wonder what mischief the Dishonesty Inst. has planned?)

The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix is having a “Fish Dinner on Darwin Day” 12 February at 4:30 PM at the new Humanist Community Center.

The Michigan Skeptics Association will have a meet-up in Canton, Michigan (time/location can be found on the Calendar on our website - www.miskeptics.org)

We’re looking at showing a 60-minute movie on Dover Trial, and have some games. Would love to have a speaker, if anyone reads this, and would be interested.

Email me at [Enable javascript to see this email address.]

New York City Skeptics and the Center for Inquiry New York are presenting a program on Saturday, February 13th at 3 PM entitled the “Science and Philosophy of Consciousness” that will be held at NYU’s Tischman Auditorium. It will delve into these questions:

“What does science tell us about consciousness? What light is new scientific research shedding on our understanding of the human ability to feel and experience? And how has philosophy helped us make sense of the scientific findings about our capacity for mental awareness?”

NYU philosopher Ned Block and Columbia University neuroscientist Jacqueline Gottlieb will make individual presentations and then have a conversation with CUNY philosopher and evolutionary biologist Massimo Pigliccui, who is probably best known for his Rational Speaking blog.

For more details look here:

http://nycskeptics.org/news/join-us[…]ay-2011.html

John Kwok said:

New York City Skeptics and the Center for Inquiry New York are presenting a program on Saturday, February 13th at 3 PM entitled the “Science and Philosophy of Consciousness” that will be held at NYU’s Tischman Auditorium. It will delve into these questions:

“What does science tell us about consciousness? What light is new scientific research shedding on our understanding of the human ability to feel and experience? And how has philosophy helped us make sense of the scientific findings about our capacity for mental awareness?”

NYU philosopher Ned Block and Columbia University neuroscientist Jacqueline Gottlieb will make individual presentations and then have a conversation with CUNY philosopher and evolutionary biologist Massimo Pigliccui, who is probably best known for his Rational Speaking blog.

For more details look here:

http://nycskeptics.org/news/join-us[…]ay-2011.html

This event is also being advertised at the New York Academy of Sciences website:

http://www.nyas.org/Events/SCDetail[…]7bf633e363ab

The Darwin Day website also has a listing of all public events being held either on, shortly before, or shortly after, February 12th around the globe:

http://www.darwinday.org/events/

The Darwin Day website also has a listing of all public events being held either on, shortly before, or shortly after, February 12th around the globe:

http://www.darwinday.org/events/

Um, didn’t I say that above? Twice?

Silly me! Prof. Zimmerman has just pointed out to me that the Darwin Day website lists around 80 events, whereas the Clergy Letter Project lists 560 events.

The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix is having a “Fish Dinner on Darwin Day” 12 February at 4:30 PM at the new Humanist Community Center.

That’s funny as hell, drdave! I like it.

Still, some of the listings for Darwin Day events by the International Darwin Day celebration web site are a wee bit mysterious. Among the first bunch I saw there: were these two:

Celebrate Diwali with Sunidhi Chauhan in Toronto ( Public ) Date and Time: 2011-10-31 19:30:00 Address: Sony center ,1 Front Street, Toronto ON ontario M5E 1B2 toronto/ON M5E 1B2, CA

… and …

Plasma TV Revolution to 3D ( Public ) Date and Time: 2011-02-12 19:30:00 Address: freiburg/Freiburg 43522, DE

I am happy to see that Canadians want to hear songs in Hindi (next October!) and Germans want to install plasma TVs, but is there any sign that Darwin will be mentioned in those events?

Is it possible they are just spam?

This from Glenn Branch*:

6:30 p.m. on February 9, Michael Blouin of Oregon State University will speak on “Evolution in Captivity: Fitness of Hatchery and Wild Salmon” in room 223 of Jefferson Hall on the Forest Grove campus of Pacific University. The event, Pacific University’s third annual Darwin Day keynote address, is free and open to the public.

For further information, visit: http://www.pacificu.edu/news/detail[…]ATEGORY_ID=1

At 5:30 p.m. on February 11, Edward Davis of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History will speak on “Oregon’s Saber-toothed Salmon: A Story of Natural and Sexual Selection” at the museum, 1680 E. 15th Ave. in Eugene. The lecture is free with museum admission ($3.00; $2.00 for youth).

For further information, visit: http://natural-history.uoregon.edu/[…]r-toothed-sa

And from noon to 4:00 p.m. on February 12, it’s family day at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History: “Make a mask of your favorite animal, join a scavenger hunt, see fossils from the paleontology vaults, and enjoy cake in celebration of Darwin’s birthday.” Admission is $5.00 for families; free for museum members.

For further information, visit: http://natural-history.uoregon.edu/[…]n-family-day

Unfortunately, even though my birthday is the same as Darwin’s, I have to work that Saturday (as well as Thursday and Friday until 730pm), so I really can’t attend any of this.

*Now I’ve done it! Glad I’m not in the Texas Ed. system.

At the University of Georgia we will be hosting our third annual Darwin Day at UGA.

http://www.darwinday.uga.edu/

Matt Young said:

Silly me! Prof. Zimmerman has just pointed out to me that the Darwin Day website lists around 80 events, whereas the Clergy Letter Project lists 560 events.

Matt tried your link but it didn’t work. Here’s the one for the Clergy Letter Project which does:

http://theclergyletterproject.org/

Odd, that is the address Prof. Zimmerman gave me, and I corrected an earlier error at noon MDT today. Please use Mr. Kwok’s link, while I find out about the evolutionweekend.org link. Click on Evolution Weekend 2011 on the left and don’t mind that the URL says 2009.

Many local newspapers have small sections where readers can submit items. I recommend trying these with Darwin week events.

Better yet, since I am considering sending in something to local conservative venues, would anyone out there care to post a statement honoring Darwin and announcing Darwin’s week that people like I could use to submit to local newspapers without necessarily inviting anyone to any specific event?

Our local Eastern Washington University is doing its annual talk at the college (this year on teaching evolution in the schools) and under the umbrella of our Spokane Secular Society I’ll be giving a talk on “Charles Darwin: A Life and Legacy” at Aunties Bookstore downtown (1 pm, hour long with [Enable javascript to see this email address.])

Wonder if the Northern Territory of Australia will do anything for Darwin Day? :p

James Downard said:

Our local Eastern Washington University is doing its annual talk at the college (this year on teaching evolution in the schools) and under the umbrella of our Spokane Secular Society I’ll be giving a talk on “Charles Darwin: A Life and Legacy” at Aunties Bookstore downtown (1 pm, hour long with [Enable javascript to see this email address.])

Cool! I grew up in Cheney, graduated from EWU, and remember no Darwin Day celebrations back then. Does this mean that the Spokane Inland Empire region is evolving away from it’s status as the ingrown empire?

Gaythia said: Does this mean that the Spokane Inland Empire region is evolving away from it’s status as the ingrown empire?

Aw c’mon, it’s not that bad. When Dave DeWolf of the Gonzaga U law school lent his weight to ID, the university biology department issued a statement repudiating him.

DeWolf has produced materials co-authored with Casey Luskin. Obviously DeWolf has a brain not wired for embarrassment.

Laura Elizabeth Shiley, a student at the University of Colorado, tells us that the University of Northern Iowa plans a weeklong event from February 7 through 10. Hector Avalos of Iowa State University will speak on Tuesday, February 8, but the title is not given.

Gaythia said:

James Downard said:

Our local Eastern Washington University is doing its annual talk at the college (this year on teaching evolution in the schools) and under the umbrella of our Spokane Secular Society I’ll be giving a talk on “Charles Darwin: A Life and Legacy” at Aunties Bookstore downtown (1 pm, hour long with [Enable javascript to see this email address.])

Cool! I grew up in Cheney, graduated from EWU, and remember no Darwin Day celebrations back then. Does this mean that the Spokane Inland Empire region is evolving away from it’s status as the ingrown empire?

Further south in the Palouse, see also the twin cities of Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho, where there are lots of good evolutionary biologists and much activism defending evolution (and alas, there needs to be).

Joe Felsenstein said: Further south in the Palouse, see also the twin cities of Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho, where there are lots of good evolutionary biologists and much activism defending evolution (and alas, there needs to be).

Actually, I don’t recall ever hearing much about creobot activities in the region. I know they’re around but they haven’t made much of a fuss. The news tends to focus on the white supremacists – I was thinking they had dissipated, thanks to unwanted attention by the Feds, but the backpack bomb disarmed on MLK day a few weeks back suggests otherwise.

mrg said:

Joe Felsenstein said: Further south in the Palouse, see also the twin cities of Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho, where there are lots of good evolutionary biologists and much activism defending evolution (and alas, there needs to be).

Actually, I don’t recall ever hearing much about creobot activities in the region. I know they’re around but they haven’t made much of a fuss. …

Folks in Moscow (Idaho) tell me the locals are divided into warring cultures. Scott Minnich, who gave pro-ID testimony at Dover, is a University of Idaho faculty member.

The Humanists of Greater Sacramento are holding a Darwin Day even on February 13, 2011. Info can be found here http://sacdarwinday.blogspot.com/

Hopefully we’ll get some good Q @ A at the Aunties talk (both from evolution friendly visitors and any creationists who show up). All questions should be an opportunity for level-headed fair response, and I hope to have a lot of fun there. As for regional demographics, I suspect the Pacific Northwest is no better or worse than anywhere for an evolution/creation divide. As exasperating as the “teach the controversy”/”strengths and weaknesses” brigade can be, there seems no sign that ID is getting any traction at all at the base level of the scientists actually doing the work. People who are attracted to ID thinking require very little impetus and will do so regardless of whatever contrary information may be knocking around (a manifestation of the “tortucan” mindset I have talked/written on elsewhere) but unless they can hijack public education so thoroughly that the whole thing collapses I think the world of science progress is pretty safe.

Transcript of Jim Downard’s Tortucan mindset talk on PT.

Third Annual Darwin Day-Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Saturday Feb. 12, 1:00PM to 5:30PM

Schedule

Theater
1:00 pm Film-What Darwin Never Knew (partial)
2:30 pm Birthday Cake & Coffee
3:00 pm Talk-Prof. Larry Stewart
4:15 pm Talk-Prof. Angela Lieverse

Band Room
1:30-4:00 Family Activities
Guardians required

Location
Centennial Collegiate, 160 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK

For more information email [Enable javascript to see this email address.]
Website http://www.saskatoonskeptics.com/darwin-day

The provincial Ministry of Educational is going to recognize Feb. 12 as Darwin Day in Saskatchewan.

Sponsored by the Saskatoon Skeptics, CFI Saskatchewan, and the Saskatoon Secular Family Network.

“In theory, there is nothing more exciting for the academic than to find that her work has actually been read by someone and even, gasp, cited! It is less exciting, however, to discover it being mustered in the cause of intelligent design.”

http://www.berfrois.com/2011/02/ive-been-used/

Great article on the world of Evolution

I was wondering if there is a one stop place for getting resources for doing a Darwin Day talk.

I’m a keen amateur and could imagine myself doing a Darwin day talk at the local freethinkers society, but to do that would involve alot of searching around to gather the pictures and info together - with all the copyright issues etc that involves.

It would be great if a pro-science organization laid on a “Talk Pack” or similar with all the information in one place.

I’d want lots of pictures of fossils and phylogenies to show how the fossil record does show evolution in action, and how the molecular data fits with this.

Is there anywhere on the web which has a resource like this with materials arranged in such away they can be easily integrated into a talk?

Thanks for any help that can be offered.

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