Monday, November 24, 2008

Steven Pinker, Frans de Waal and more!

Though not specifically about skepticism, those of you interested in the sciences have a great opportunity to hear some leading voices in science right here in Salt Lake.

Steven Pinker, one of the world's foremost cognitive scientist, author of numerous books will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy Forum (or as I like to call it, the TCNVHRA).

Frans de Waal, primatologist and author of several books (including one of my favorites, Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape) will also be presenting.

This three-day conference (entitled "The Evolution of Human Aggression") will be taking place at the University of Utah from February 25 to 27, 2009.

All lectures are free and open to the public, so feel to attend any that sound intersting. Other speakers include Sarah Hrdy, Margo Wilson, Martin Daly and Peter Turchin. (What's that? I'm giving undue weight to the anthropologists? Well tough. ;) )

Also, look forward to a Salt City Skeptics event during this same time. Details to follow.


    (That was code for "I freaking love Steven Pinker".)

  2. Yay for Steven Pinker! As the time approaches, we'll put together an SCS event... I even asked him if he'd like to join us all. He said he couldn't commit to anything this far in advance. Which is understandable. But the important thing here is that I got an email from Steven Pinker... God, I am such a nerd.