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Designer Babies: Is This Our Future?

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Red Bank Humanists Darwin Day Forum
As part of the 2013 world-wide Darwin Day celebrations, Red Bank Humanists will host a special Darwin Day presentation at its monthly Forum, on Sunday, Feb.10, at 10:30 a.m. at the Red Bank Charter School, 58 Oakland St., Red Bank, NJ 07701. The special guest speaker will be Michael A. Palladino, PhD, and Dean, School of Science, Monmouth University.


Hundreds of groups across the United States and the globe will celebrate "Darwin Day" to honor the discoveries and life of the great scientist, Charles Darwin, who described biological evolution by natural selection. Dr. Palladino’s talk, “Designer Babies”: What Darwin Couldn’t Predict,” is free and open to the public. It will answer questions like: “What’s a designer baby?”, “Why are they controversial?”, and “Will technology change how humans evolve?”  Like other Red Bank Humanists Forums, it will be followed by a lively Q&A session.


"Darwin Day promotes understanding of evolution and the scientific method," said Stephen Mitchell, President of Red Bank Humanists. "This celebration expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that science has contributed to the advancement of humanity. We usually aim for in-depth discussions, rather than lectures alone. We make sure each person who wants to join the discussion has a turn to talk. We’ve learned that the more who contribute to the discussion, the broader and deeper it becomes.”


Darwin Day started with one event in 1995. Last year there were hundreds and hundreds of events world-wide. Darwin Day festivities can include debates, lectures, essay contests, film festivals, museum exhibits, art shows. More information is available at www.darwinday.org


About Red Bank Humanists
Red Bank Humanists seek to understand the universe using science and reason to develop a more humane society. A complete schedule of Red Bank Humanists events is available at: www.redbankhumanists.org . Current members come from many different backgrounds including housewives, artists, musicians, carpenters, scientists, engineers, therapists, professors, physicians, insurance salesmen, nurses, marketers, chauffeurs, journalists – just about everybody!


Over the past year, the Red Bank Humanists Community Outreach Group has assisted many local charitable groups including financial support for HABcore, which provides housing for the homeless, Lakewood’s Tent City, and Camp Quest, the first summer camp for children of Humanists, Atheists and Agnostics. Other Red Bank Humanists events include a very active monthly book club, and “Drinking Post-Theologically” at a local restaurant where the discussion is free-form and involves a lot of laughter. Red Bank Humanists is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable corporation in the state of New Jersey, organized for educational purposes.

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