Dr. Laurence Moran discusses the evidence for evolution as well as the mechanisms which explain it. Some deny the truth of evolution, claiming that it is "just a theory". Others have the mistaken impression that there is debate in the scientific community as to whether evolution occurred at all. This event will examine the different theories and mechanisms (eg. natural selection) used to explain the fact of evolution (that is, that species have changed throughout time and are all related via common decent).
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Dr. Laurence A. Moran:
Laurence Moran obtain his B.Sc. degree from Carleton University, followed by his Ph.D. at Princeton University. He worked for several years at the University of Geneva, and is now a Professor in the department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. His main research interest is in molecular evolution and evolutionary theory. Dr. Moran's lab studies a group of heat-shock genes known as the HSP70 multigene family, and his lab has produced many publications on this gene family. He has also been an author on several editions of the textbook Principles of Biochemistry. Dr. Moran has a long standing interest in the evolution/creation controversy and is a contributor for the online newsgroup Talk Origins. He maintains his own blog on science and atheism at sandwalk.blogspot.com, is on the board of consultants for Skeptics Canada, and is a faculty adviser for the U of T Secular Alliance. This lecture will explore some of the main principles of evolution and address some of the common misconceptions over evolutionary theory. In particular, Dr. Moran will differentiate between the concepts of scientific facts and scientific theories as they relate to evolution.
2.00 Entry Fee
March 19th, 7pm
1200 Thornborough, UoG
Hosted by Guelph Skeptics
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