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Digital Darwin: Observing Evolutionary Design in Computer Environments – Robert Pennock (Gr Rapids)

Date:
September 12, 2012
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org

Description:

Dr. Pennock will speak about how the field of evolutionary computation is extending the Darwinian revolution, enabling researchers to observe evolutionary processes in action and to harness them for practical purposes.

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After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Robert Pennock, PhD

Professor, Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University

Robert T. Pennock is a Professor at Michigan State University, where he is on the faculty of Lyman Briggs College and the Departments of Philosophy and Computer Science. He is a PI of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action. His research involves both experimental and philosophical questions that relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science, such as the evolution of altruism, complexity, and intelligence. A national leader in evolution education, he was an expert witness in the historic Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Board Intelligent Design creationism case. Dr. Pennock is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has served on the AAAS Committee on the Public Understanding of Science and Technology and the National Academies of Science Evolution, Creationism and Science authoring committee. He is PI of the Avida-ED Project, which develops software and curricula to help students learn about evolution and the nature of science using digital organisms.

http://www.msu.edu/~pennock5/