Ann Arbor Darwin Day Celebration
February 12, 2010
News and Events

Non-fiction book club.

Current read: "Outliers, the Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell.
Next meeting: April 9th, 7pm, Vinology. 

If you have another book you'd like to read and discuss with the group, bring it and be prepared to give us a 5min pitch why we should read it as a group. At the end we will take a vote to choose one book that we will all read it before our next meeting. Please respond to and if you'd like to present a book, let us know the title, that way we can avoid having two people present the same.

When you come to Vinology, ask for the (Ann Arbor Darwin Day) A2D2 book club to find us. See you there!

An evening of Inquiry: The Kepler Mission and the impact of discovering life in the universe
UPDATE: Due to summer vacation, we have been unable to reach the professors we hoped to have on our pannel of discussion. But we are in contact with several people who would be interesting, so we are definitely not giving up on it. We will post something more specific as soon as we have more details! We apologyze for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience!

The Kepler Mission:
We are planning to review some exciting new developments in Astrobiology,  discuss the impact of the Kepler mission (launched March 6!), and have several invited speakers address the implications of possible discoveries from a sociological, historical, philosophical, and religious point of view. 

Seating is limited to 50,
sign up soon! Suggested donation of $10 at the door, (if you think the event was worth it) to help us plan future events. Stay tuned for updates. 

If you have any input or would like to participate, please contact us, we'd love to hear from you.

What is the Kepler mission?

A spacecraft launched by NASA, carrying the largest camera ever launched into space. The unmanned Kepler project is a three-year or longer mission in search of Earth-sized planets moving around stars similar to the sun. The Kepler spacecraft will watch a patch of space containing about 100,000 such stars. Unlike other space observatories such as the Hubble Space Telescope, Kepler's space position will allow it to watch the same stars constantly throughout its mission.

Kepler will look for slight dimming in the stars as planets pass between the stars and Kepler. William Borucki, principal investigator for the mission, said in a March 6 statement. "Everything about the mission is optimized to find Earth-size planets with the potential for life, to help us answer the question: Are Earths bountiful or is our planet unique?"

For more on the subject, check out
NASA's website.


Darwin Day 2009

Charles Robert Darwin was born exactly two hundred years ago in England. He realised and demonstrated evolution as we still know it today. He was first to speak of natural selection, or a possible common ancestor to all forms of life. In modified form, Darwin’s scientific discovery remains the foundation of biology, as it provides a logical explanation for the diversity of life.

Join us in honoring this great man, and in promoting rational thought and an exchange of ideas.

We will conduct a book exchange: bring a book that you liked, that broadened your horizon, and that helped you think more clearly, and exchange it with someone else's book. A small number of books will be provided at the party if you forget to bring your own. 











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