Darwin Day #2: 2/14/2013 at Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom

Where: Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom (600 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15282)

When: 2/14/2013

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/102542442/

From the National Center for Science Education:

At 7:30 p.m. on February 14, Marlene Zuk of
the University of Minnesota will be speaking on “Sex and the Scala
Naturae” in the Power Center Ballroom on the campus of Duquesne
University in Pittsburgh.

A description of her talk: “Join renowned evolutionary ecologist Dr.
Marlene Zuk, as she discusses ways in which we use — and misuse —
animals as models to understand behavior. If we use model systems as
the archetype, it is easy to conclude that anything that deviates from
the model is aberrant or abnormal. Because we often view males as the
norm, they become the model system, with detrimental effects. We also
pay more attention to certain kinds of animals than others, with the
idea that some species are higher, some are lower, and humans are the
highest of all. This ranking is called a scala naturae, and it is
completely false, leading to a counter-productive view of how
evolution acts on the sexes.”

The event is free and open to the public; a reception and book signing
will follow. For further details, visit:


Thursday, February 14 at 7:30 PM

Details: http://www.meetup.com/Steel-City-Skeptics/events/102542442/

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