In celebration of Charles Darwin Day 2019, the Secular Society of MIT presents a special talk by Harvard University evolutionary biologist and science historian Andrew Berry. Dr Berry’s research combines the techniques of field biology with those of molecular biology to seek evidence at the DNA level of Darwinian natural selection. He has given lectures on evolutionary topics to popular audiences all over the world – from Ankara to the Antarctic – occasionally drawing the ire of creationists.
As an educator and popularizer, he seeks to demystify the most important and most misinterpreted of all biological ideas: evolution. He will be speaking about the double discovery of evolution by natural selection by both Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, and what this incident tells us about how science works.
WHEN: Tuesday, FEB/12, 6pm
WHERE: 2-190 (1st Floor, 182 Memorial Drive, https://whereis.mit.edu/?go=2)
Free entry. Darwin’s birthday party with cake, beverages, and evolution-themed games follows talk.
Funded by the MIT Association for Students Activities and the Greater Boston Humanists.
On the following Saturday afternoon, we head out for a nature excursion walk through Alewife Brook Reservation, to observe the local diversity of winter fauna.