June 11: Second Sunday Science

Sunday, June 11

9:15 - 10:15 AM | Frank Lloyd Wright Room

Important stuff about the next meeting:
When?
June 11

Where?
We will meet in the Frank Lloyd Wright Room (Mt. Curve entrance, upper floor, last classroom on right) until further notice.

Which book?
A Brief History of Creation

by Bill Mesler and H. James Cleaves II 312 pages 2016
HCL only 3 copies + ebook Amazon $12.67 paperback also at the FUS bookstore (Yes, it’s still open)

The title is misleading! This is the history of how people thought about the origin of living things throughout history—from flies forming from rotten meat to understand DNA. It is very readable!
How science moves from incorrect notions to more complete, reasoned conclusions. How culture influences all that.
And—includes nothing about physics!

On May 14, ten of us enjoyed a lively, wide-ranging discussion of ‘A Brief History of Creation.’ We covered the history of (Western) science from the ancient Greeks through Darwin.

Discussion leader Kristen Albinson did a great job of guiding us to consider the broad themes found in this easy to read, but detailed book.
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On June 11, we will continue our discussion of this book, chapters 7-13. Lois Edwards will lead the discussion.

Come even if you haven’t read the first half. Each chapter is independent of the others.

In the second half, you’ll start right after Darwin and zoom forward to DNA and RNA—current thoughts about the origins of life.

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Here are highlights of Kristen’s discussion questions:

What themes have you noticed?

Here are Kristen’s possible themes—To What Extent Do You Agree? (TWEDYA)

– Science has to wait for technology (amended to be “science is intertwined with technology”)

– People need to live free from fear of condemnation to do science. Compare the past to today’s environment.

– Intuition and religious dogma are hard to override.

– Many people faced barriers and obstacles to practicing science. How do today’s barriers compare?

– Darwin’s fears (about condemnation from religious people) made his write a better book. Do similar mechanisms operate elsewhere?

Other themes were suggested:
– science builds upon previous work and results, both successes and failures

– interactions among scientists is important. How do interactions now compare to those in the past?

– dissemination of science concepts is crucial to changing public opinion. What forms of communication have been used?

 

 

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