TACNY Sweet Science Series

Sweet Science Series began in 1913 as a gathering of inventors, business leaders, and technologists to discuss the latest topics. TACNY continues the tradition by partnering with the Museum of Science & Technology to host discussions of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics aimed at adults. All Sweet Science events are free and open to the public.

Notable: Admission is FREE and the event is open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome, but TACNY asks that people RSVP using the links provided below.

Next in the Series:

“Human Errors: What Our Quirks Tell Us about Our Past”
Thursday, October 21, 2021; 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at the MOST & Online

Speaker: Nathan H. Lents, PhD; Professor of Biology, John Jay College of The City University of New York

Talk Overview: Dating back to Darwin himself, the “argument from poor design” holds that examples of suboptimal structure/function demonstrate that nature does not have a designer. Perhaps surprisingly, human beings have more than our share of quirks and glitches. Besides speaking to our shared ancestry, these evolutionary “seams” reveal interesting things about our past. This offers a unique accounting of our evolutionary legacy and sheds new light on how to live in better harmony with our bodies, in all their flawed glory.

Biography: Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D., is Professor of Biology at John Jay College of The City University of New York, and the author of the popular science books Not So Different and Human Errors. He holds a Ph.D. in human physiology and completed postdoctoral training in genomics and bioinformatics at NYU. In addition to dozens of research articles and book chapters, his writing on human evolution can be seen in the pages of Science, The Wall Street Journal, Skeptic, Skeptical Inquirer, and many others. His laboratory studies the evolution of the human genome and the genetic basis of human uniqueness.

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