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Tuesday, March 31

6:30 p.m.

“Life after Darwin: Are there still big discoveries to be made in biology?” NC State ecologist Rob Dunn continues the NC Museum of Natural Science’s Charles Darwin Lecture Series. Free lecture; doors open at 6. Museum of Natural Science, downtown Raleigh. Please RSVP to museum.reservations@ncmail.net.

(Next in the series: Anne Yoder, director of the Duke Lemur Center, and paleontologist Paul Brinkman on Darwin’s use of fossil evidence.)

Comments

  1. #1 Romeo Vitelli
    March 16, 2009

    Biologists are probably just marking time until exobiology becomes the big field.

  2. #2 cromercrox
    March 16, 2009

    Wish I could be there: it’s a question I’ve been thinking about lately. The answer is – who knows? New vistas tend to open up when and where we least expect.

  3. #3 daedalus2u
    March 16, 2009

    There are many big discoveries left. At least some of them can only be appreciated after rejecting ideas that are currently accepted but which are completely wrong. One of the biggest wrong ideas is the idea of homeostasis. A completely wrong idea that is completely unsupported by data. It is a completely non-physiologic idea. A step up from vitalism, but only a small step.

    http://daedalus2u.blogspot.com/2008/01/myth-of-homeostasis-implications-for.html

    What in physiology is constant or static? Absolutely nothing. If a physiological parameter is used as a control signal, it can’t be static because then it would be unable to signal anything by changing. If any parameter is controlled by the concentration of a substance (even if it is only the concentration of the substance itself), the concentration of that substance can’t be held constant.

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