22 November: Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Ohlone College, Fremont
Dr. Henry Gilbert
WHAT: An Overview of Human Evolution
Ever heard of Ardipithecus kadabba, Australopithecus anamensis, Paranthropus aethiopicus, Homo rhodesiensis? Oh my! Do you know how these early "humans" differ from each other? Does the large array of named species help us understand our evolutionary history, or just confuse matters? What IS a hominid species, anyway? Who decides how they are defined? Why do they, as names, live and thrive or wither and die? Join us for a lively discussion of the overall human fossil and archaeological record that demystifies the species naming process and discusses some of its problems. We will contemplate the nomenclature complexity caused, unavoidably, by history of discovery, the nature of the fossil record, and the way evolution happens, contrasting it with the confusion that results from popularization, fame-seeking, and academic rivalry.
WHEN: 7:30PM, Thursday, 18 September (3rd Thursday this month!)
WHERE: La Peña Lounge, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley [Click for map]
WHO: Dr. Henry Gilbert, Assoc. Prof. of Anthropology, CSU East Bay, and Researcher, Human Evolution Research Center, UC Berkeley
WHY: Because we are curious creatures!
Millbrae Skeptics in the Pub
If ye value critical thinking, and if ye scorn the flim-flam man, join us, your friends. Skeptics in the Pub is a group of like-minded people informally discussing the latest in science or pseudoscience over good eats & ale.
WHEN: 7PM, Wednesday 24 September 2014(4th Wednesday each month)
WHERE: Fiddlers Green, 333 El Camino Real, Millbrae. A 10 minute stroll from the Millbrae BART & Caltrain station. [Click for Map]