Monthly Archives: November 2013

Are We the Last Neanderthals?

Summary: Dr. John Hawks was the speaker. He summarized a lot of research about Neanderthals, much of which is not so different from what we know about the ancestors of humans: they used tools, cooked meat and grains, decorated themselves … Continue reading

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Ant Encounters

Deborah Gordon, a professor at Stanford who has done revolutionary research in the world of ant ecology, presented about how ants interact with one another and compared their social habits to those of humans (and various other organisms). She detailed … Continue reading

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Neil Schubin — The Universe Within

I found the concept behind Neil Schubin’s talk fascinating. He spoke about seemingly unrelated topics, like his love affair with rocks, fish, the universe, fossils, internal body clocks, fruit flies, ice, and the Cold War. Then he managed to tie … Continue reading

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How We Should Treat Animals

The big question that was addressed in this lecture was how humans should treat animals. This led up to questioning whether animals were similar to humans and if that should have any effect  on how we interact with them. It … Continue reading

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Tracing Our Ancestors

Rick Kittles was an amiable speaker that spoke an air of confidence which gave the impression that he knew exactly what he was talking about. A professor at UIC, he was featured in the PBS series “Finding Your Roots.” He … Continue reading

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Ant Encounters

Deborah Gordon, a professor at Stanford, shed new light on ants and the popular notion that they function as one organism. Although the queen is vital to sustaining a colony’s population, she does not possess the “hive mind” and micro … Continue reading

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Ant Encounters

One of the lectures given on “Ant Encounters” shed light not only on how ants interact, but how and why they evolved to work together in such an efficient way. Something that surprised me was that no instructions are given … Continue reading

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