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PUBLIC LECTURE: Why Darwin Matters

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Today's date is Wednesday, February 01, 2023
Why Darwin Matters : Evolution, Intelligent Design, and the Battle for Science and Religion Other events...
***A National Science Week 2008 - FREE Event***

Evolution happened, and the theory describing it is one of the most well-founded in all of science. Then why do half of all Americans reject it?

There are religious and political reasons, and in Why Darwin Matters, historian of science and bestselling author Dr. Michael Shermer diffuses these fears by examining what evolution really is, how we know it happened, and how to test it.

Shermer then discusses what science is through a brief history of the evolution-creation controversy—from the Scopes’ Monkey Trial of 1925 through the creationism trials of the 1960s and 1970s, to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of 1987, to the Intelligent Design controversies of the 1990s and 2000s—demonstrating clearly how and why creationism and Intelligent Design theory are not science.

Dr. Shermer builds a powerful case for evolution as the theory that most closely parallels the Christian model of human nature and the conservative model of free market economics.

Dr. Shermer was once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, and is now one of the best-known public intellectuals defending evolutionary theory, so Why Darwin Matters provides you with an insiders’ guide to the evolution-creation debate, in which he shows why creationism and Intelligent Design are not only bad science, they are bad theology, and why science should be embraced by people of all beliefs.

About the Speaker: Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine (www.skeptic.com), the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, author and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University (1991).

Speaker(s) Dr. Michael Shermer
Location UWA's Octagon Theatre
Contact Chris Hale <[email protected]> : 6488 1141
Start Wed, 20 Aug 2008 18:00
End Wed, 20 Aug 2008 19:30
Submitted by Jenni Wallis <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:58
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