Charles Darwin and the Web of Interconnectedness – SHoWLE General Meeting


February 09, 2019    
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


West Toledo Branch Library
1320 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo, Ohio, 43612

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To help celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday, SHoWLE will be hosting a live video chat with PZ Myers about the importance of Darwin to science history and to discoveries made today.

The title of Myers’ talk will be: Charles Darwin and the Web of Interconnectedness

Charles Darwin was a conventional naturalist of his day, and yet he had this great insight that led to a revolution in biology. Where did that come from? I will argue that it was from a shift in perspective, from trying to figure out how a species becomes well suited to its environment, to considering the environment wholistically and seeing how many species of plants and animals, as well as geology, interact to generate forces in biology. What made Darwin’s idea great was that it also interacted with a multitude of other ideas to inspire change across whole fields of science. Evolution led to ecology and genetics, and eventually to molecular biology and genomics, none of which would exist without the seed Darwin planted.

PZ Myers is a biologist at the University of Minnesota Morris, with a special interest in developmental biology and evolution. He’s been battling creationists and bible-wallopers on the internet since 1993, and has gotten slightly curmudgeonly about it all. The blog Pharyngula is his outlet for venting his fury at faith, stupidity, and injustice, an occupation which somehow led to him being named American Humanist of the Year in 2009, and International Humanist of 2011 by the IHEU. He’s confident that science is the only tool we have for reaching new knowledge, regards faith and ignorance as vices, and finds happiness with his family.

Not only will we have our usual cookies we will also have birthday cake.

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