Posted by: dacalu | 21 January 2015

Arizona Schedule 24 Jan-2 Feb 2014

Dear Friends, I’ll be in Arizona at the end of January and am giving a number of talks.  I’ve posted all the details here for convenience. Scroll down for Phoenix.

TUCSON

Monday 26 January: Noon, LPL 309 (UA)

Overlapping Definitions of Life” UA Origins Seminar

Over the past 10 years, it has become unpopular to talk about definitions of life, under the assumption that attempts at a precise definition are counterproductive.  Recent attempts have failed to meet strict philosophical criteria for definitions and have failed to reach consensus. Overlapping and provisional definitions, when clearly articulated, can be a useful tool in astrobiology and origin of life studies. Four possibilities will be presented for discussion. Darwin Life exhibits evolution by natural selection; Woese Life possesses small subunit RNA (that can be placed on a common tree); Haldane Life exhibits metabolism and maintenance; Aristotle Life is capable of repurposing matter to serve organismal functions.

http://astrobiology.arizona.edu/events/origins_schedule

Tuesday 27 January: 3:30pm, Life Sciences South 340 (UA)

“Defending Definitions of Life in Biology”

On Monday evening Jan 26, Guy Consolmagno will be giving a public College of Science talk on the question “What is life?”, kicking off the Life In The Universe series.  Are definitions of life useful for biologists?  In what ways can they help or hinder research into novel forms of life?  On Tuesday, Lucas Mix, astrobiologist and specialist in biological philosophy, will briefly summarize his proposal for provisional definitions, why they are necessary for clear communication and good science.  Darwin Life exhibits evolution by natural selection; Woese Life possesses small subunit RNA (that can be placed on a common tree); Haldane Life exhibits metabolism and maintenance. We will then open up discussion on the practical use of such definitions – strengths and weaknesses – in science.  Lucas and Guy will both be present to answer questions.

Thursday 29 January: 6:15pm, Bear Down Weight Room (UA)

Hapkido

Brewster’s Hapkido class is starting up again.  If you’re interested in martial arts, come see what it’s all about.  First time students are encouraged to come on Tuesday.  I’ll be teaching “balance taking” on Wednesday and hope to see some friends from Aikido as well.

http://rec.arizona.edu/activity/hapkido

Sunday 1 February: 10:00am, St. Philips Episcopal Church

4440 North Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85718

“The God of Ebola? Faith, Science, and Sickness”

God calls us to care for the world and yet the world can be alien and frightening. Rev. Dr. Lucas Mix will speak about the importance of science, faith, and will as we approach Ebola and other scary parts of the natural world.  His remarks will open a discussion on how we integrate knowledge from science and Christianity and apply it to service in the world.

http://www.stphilipstucson.org/

Sunday 1 February: 6:00pm, Campus Christian Center (UA)

If you’re not watching the Superbowl, come join us for the UA Episcopal Campus Ministry weekly worship and fellowship.

http://www.ecm-tucson.org/

PHOENIX

Wednesday 28 January: Trinity Cathedral

Dinner at 6:00pm, Presentation and Discussion starts at 6:30pm

The God of Ebola? Faith, Science, and Sickness

God calls us to care for the world and yet the world can be alien and frightening. Rev. Dr. Lucas Mix will speak about the importance of science, faith, and will as we approach Ebola and other scary parts of the natural world.  His remarks will open a discussion on how we integrate knowledge from science and Christianity and apply it to service in the world.

http://trinitycathedral.com/

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