Sunday, September 13, 2009

De-evolution and Evolutionary Debate

Don't know about you but I am scheduled to cover Evolution in my General Anthropology (ANTH 2346) come this Tuesday. Not looking forward to it. 39% of Americans don't "believe" in it.

And this just in from the Daily Telegraph who is, once again, wallowing in their sense of British superiority about the rampant stupidity of their colonial backwaters. Seems the critically-acclaimed film about the life of Charles Darwin, Creation is "too controversial for religious America".

Here is the trailer:

Can't see the objection, it seems to have the proper degree of histrionics and angst. Perhaps if they ripped off some of those bodices, Americans would be more comfortable with the whole issue. *sigh*

Doing my part, as the new Honors Coordinator on campus, I have signed us up for the webcast lectures being billed as The Darwin 150 Project. Its easiest to get at them through their Facebook page. The first lecture in the series is almost sold out:

"The World Before Darwin" - Lecture 1 of "Origin of Species" 150th Anniversary Lecture Series - at Harvard University
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 from 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (ET)

I am glad I am already signed up, fired up, and ready to go. Sign up here. If you still can.

Nat Geo has a blog up about the Facebook evopalooza. Heck, go to their Facebook page and look, I can't begin to link up all the coverage they are getting.

Has everyone seen the way-cool Evolution of Evolution extravaganza at the Nation Science Foundation? Check it out here.


So Young said...

Thanks so much for your post and support! Looking forward to a great event on Wed. :)

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ryan said...

ya, i just went through the mechanics of evolution and human evolution the last two weeks w/ the class i am teaching. lots of questions, good questions, but things went well i think.

the stephen jay gould take on matters seemed to work out pretty well too--regarding where to place science and religion.

Pamthropologist said...

My grades seem to support the notion that, all in all, the discussion wasn't a great success. Aargh.