Tuesday 14.2 at 6pm: ‘Five common biology myths’ (or ‘Science in the service of the anthropocentric patriarchy’) by biologist Sedeer El-Showk

Dear friend of Arkadia, You are heartily invited to ‘Five common biology myths’ (or ‘Science in the service of the anthropocentric patriarchy’) by biologist Sedeer El-Showk on Tuesday 14.2 at 6pm. Sedeer El-Showk will talk about five commonly accepted biological “facts” which are untrue but are used to justify our conception of ourselves and our place in the world. In these “enlightened” times, people often try to use science to justify their social, political or ideological positions. While the influence of scientific research on our world view is commonly recognized, the converse dynamic gets far less attention. Cultural factors shape the sort of questions we ask and how we choose to interpret the answers; for example, despite the claim that the idea of evolution has radically altered our view of ourselves, it also often serves to reinforce existing social and cultural norms. Sedeer’s science blog, Inspiring Science, is athttp://inspiringscience.wordpress.com. Welcome! Warm regards, Ian www.arkadiabookshop.fiEntrance is free and green tea will be offered. A donation of €2 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome. Sedeer El-Showk (b. 1980) is an eclectic talking ape who has always been fascinated by the world around us. He has an M.Sc.in evolutionary biology and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in plant genetics at the University of Helsinki. He divides his free time between a collection of hobbies, including poetry, playing piano, photography and writing about science. http://inspiringscience.wordpress.com.