Fun Myths about Evolution Explored

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In honor of Charles Darwin’s birth month, our February speaker will be Sehoya Cotner, who will discuss “Fun Myths About Evolution Explored.” 

Evolution is among the most contentious topics in our society, in part due to key misconceptions about the theory. Some of these are iconic (humans evolved from chimpanzees, survival of the fittest), some more esoteric (evolution is a belief system, Darwin discovered evolution, evolution is a random process). We’ll discuss evolution itself, some key misconceptions, and potential negative consequences of falling victim to evolutionary myths..

Sehoya Cotner is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Biology Program at the University of Minnesota. Sehoya teaches General Zoology, The Biology of Galápagos, Coral Reef Ecology, and The Evolution and Biology of Sex. Her research interests include strategies for teaching science to non-scientists, as well as barriers to teaching evolution.

She is the co-author of three books: Arguing for Evolution: An Encyclopedia for Understanding Science, Chronology of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy, and Understanding Galapagos.

Cotner submitted a commentary to Minnesota Public Radio in November, 2011.

If You Go…

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Southdale Library
7001 York Avenue South

1:00-1:15 Social Time
1:15-1:45 Business Meeting
1:45-2:00 Break
2:00-3:30 Clement Presentation
4:00- Dinner at Q. Cumber’s

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