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Monday
May152017

Kevin Laland: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017 @ 3:00 PM 

Where: Jefferson Market Library (425 Ave of the Americas at 10th Street)

In his latest book: Darwin's Unfinished SymphonyKevin Laland shows how the learned and socially transmitted activities of our ancestors shaped our intellects through accelerating cycles of evolutionary feedback. The truly unique characteristics of our species—such as our intelligence, language, teaching, and cooperation—are not adaptive responses to predators, disease, or other external conditions. Rather, humans are creatures of their own making. Drawing on his own groundbreaking research, and bringing it to life with vivid natural history, Laland explains how animals imitate, innovate, and have remarkable traditions of their own. He traces our rise from scavenger apes in prehistory to modern humans able to design iPhones, dance the tango, and send astronauts into space. 

Kevin N. Laland is professor of behavioral and evolutionary biology at the University of St Andrews. His books include Social Learning: An Introduction to Mechanisms, Methods, and Models and Niche Construction: The Neglected Process in Evolution (both Princeton).

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Friday
Mar172017

Registration for NECSS 2017 is Now Open

 


Keynote: Mike Massimino
Emcee: Leighann Lord
Featured Speaker: James Randi
NECSS 2017 registration is now open! Our keynote speaker this year will be former NASA astronaut and many-time guest star on "The Big Bang Theory," Mike Massimino. We are also thrilled to have back at NECSS as a featured speaker the one and only James Randi! They will be joined by emcee Leighann Lord (comedian and co-host of StarTalk Radio), along with almost 30 speakers, including:
  • The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe "Rogues"
  • NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt
  • Newsweek correspondent Nina Burleigh
  • Slate columnist Helaine Olen
  • Astrophysicist Summer Ash
  • Snopes managing editor Brooke Binkowski
  • Former naturopath Britt Marie Hermes
  • NASA Datanaut Corps founder Jennifer Lopez
  • AccessScience's John Rennie
  • Musician George Hrab
  • Rationally Speaking host Julia Galef
  • Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci
  • "SkepDoc" Harriet Hall
  • The Society for Science-Based Medicine's David Gorski
  • And more!

Early bird conference registration will end on May 5, when prices will increase significantly. Don't wait to register; secure the discounted rate today!

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Wednesday
Feb082017

Jolly Thirteen Predictions for 2017 and Review of 2016


2016 was, shall we say, a difficult to year to predict. Despite that, some members of the Jolly Thirteen Club had some tragically dead on predictions and humorous misses.

As per our annual tradition, the Jolly Thirtreen Club met at One Mile House on the 13th of January to reveal the results of last year's predictions and make entirely new predictions for 2017. Will we finally prove ourselves to have psychic powers of precognition? Probably not, but we'll still have fun!

Click below to read the predictions for 2017 and see how we did in 2016.

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