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Altruism and sexual selection the focus of Feb. 12 Darwin Day event 
Creighton Biology Professor Ted Burk will present "Is it good to be sexy, or sexy to be good?" on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Durham Research Center Auditorium as part of Omaha's 10th Annual Darwin Day festivities. The discussion of altruism, morality and sexual selection will be part of an event aimed at commemorating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. It also marks the 150th anniversary of his revolutionary book, "On the Origin of Species," in which he showed how natural, non-random processes of selection (natural, artificial, and sexual) lead to the diversity and endless adaptations that give a superficial impression of supernatural design. This was the beginning of an enormous leap in humanity's self-understanding. Although Darwin is commonly associated with his explanation of natural selection in "The Origin," he also thought and wrote extensively about artificial selection in "The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication," and about sexual selection in "The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex." Sexual selection was neglected in the Victorian era but has enjoyed a revival in recent times, in popular books such as "The Mating Mind" by Geoffrey Miller. The event is sponsored by R.E.A.S.O.N., an organization of pro-science activists dedicated to defending rational discourse and promoting critical reasoning in the public sphere. For more information, go to the R.E.A.S.O.N. Web site at www.reason.ws or contact Jim Bechtel at 556-8312 or Laurey Steinke at 559-5176. The event is free and open to the public.

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