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  • Celebrating 150 Years of "Origin of Species"

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by Science & the City, The Darwin150 Project, The Center for Inquiry, and the History & Philosophy of Science Section

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    Join Science & the City for a very special evening as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of the landmark book, The Origin of Species, by the most legendary member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Charles Darwin. Three leading scientists will discuss the importance of Darwin’s theory of evolution and how his observations informed their three very diverse fields of work – psychology, neurobiology, and linguistics.

    * Nobel Laureate and neurobiologist Gerald Edelman will share brand new observations about the evolution of the human brain and the emergence of consciousness.

    * Renowned psychologist Paul Ekman (whose work is portrayed in the FOX TV show “Lie to Me”) will explain Darwin's insights into the origin and nature of compassion.

    * And UC Berkeley neuroscience and biological anthropology professor Terrence Deacon will talk about the evolution of human language.

    The three speakers’ presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion and an audience Q&A.

    A champagne and cake reception and book signing will follow the three-hour event.

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