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Darwin Day Celebration

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Our February meeting includes a potluck dinner and a talk by Art Piper on "The Selection of Darwin: Natural, Social or Ideological?"
When Feb 14, 2008
from 12:30 AM to 03:00 AM
Where DUUC, Naperville
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Is the human capacity for choice and decision making an emergent evolutionary adaptation? If so, is this capacity a result of human evolution?

What would Darwin’s answer be to whether he was a Darwinist of the type some of his followers claim to be?

Art Piper, anthropologist, will explore the differences between the Natural and the Social Sciences. Does reductionism tend to eliminate or ignore the higher mental functions of human beings? Are we, at best, just determined (predestined) animals, and only passive participants in social and cultural creativity? If true, this would be a denial of Humanism.

Art Piper, a retired socio-anthropologist, taught at the University of Illinois, Kent State, and University of Wisconsin. He did his field research in Ecuador among indigenous peasants. He states that “some were more intellectually alive than most of the University Professors known to me.

They all called me Doctorcito, but I learned more from them than they from my so-called superior status as academic.”


Highlighting the celebration of Darwin Day, we add a potluck supper and a chance to socialize and get better acquainted. It also is a chance to bring a friend who might be interested in our Humanist group. Of course, it’s also great to taste the specialties brought in by our talented cooks.

In the past, delicacies have ranged from strawberry spinach salad through inspired tofu and buffalo wings to cocoanut cream pie.

The procedure is simple. Call Jack Sechrest at 630 554-8058 ( to let him know how many are coming.

Plan to bring one dish that might serve 6-8 for each person in your party, arrive a bit early so the setup is ready by 6:30, then settle in with a glass of wine or a Coke and some chips, and enjoy.

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