To celebrate evolution and Darwin Day February 12, 2017, The Jefferson Center will host a public lecture by Len Eisenberg (at the Ashland Community Center) on evolution, followed by serving of delicious birthday cake to all attendees. Attendees are encouraged to dress as your favorite plant or animal! (full or partial costume, these do not have to be elaborate) Anyone so dressed will be awarded a free Evogeneao.com tee shirt, and best of such costumes will also receive a free Evogeneao.com hoodie! Please join The Jefferson Center in celebrating one of the great achievements of science and reason; that life on Earth is one big extended family!
Len Eisenberg will present a short talk on "Evolution: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask"
The two key lessons of evolutionary theory are that 1) that all life on Earth is related by descent with modification from common ancestors (in other words, life on Earth is one big extended family), and 2) natural selection is the primary driver of evolutionary change. These concepts are humorously illuminated by the use of Gary Larson cartoons, and the evidence for biological evolution is presented as answers to commonly voiced objections to evolution. For example, some people claim evolution is incompatible with religious belief vs. religious scientists who are prominent promoters of evolution. Another example shows claims that evolution has failed to confirm theory predictions vs. several predictions made by Charles Darwin that have been spectacularly confirmed. The last part of the talk briefly discusses how evolution might proceed in the future or on other planets. Plenty of time will be allowed for questions and comments before we devour the cake.