The philosophy/history and biology sessions were held simultaneously, and as I had to stay with my people, I didn’t get to hear folks like Genie Scott, Dan Dennett, Philip Kitcher, and the like. But all their talks will soon be on the website, and I’ll let you know when they’re up. Here are a few more snaps from the conference:
Fig. 1. Looking dubious (or maybe just myopic), Doug Futuyma inspects the cast of Tiktaalik roseae that Neil Shubin brought to accompany his talk. The cast was the biggest star of the meeting.
Fig. 2. Janet Browne, author of the magisterial two-volume biography of Darwin
Fig. 3. Tom Schoener and David Kingsley
Fig. 4. Dan Dennett and co-organizer Bob Richards
Fig. 5. Genie Scott
Fig. 6. Is that a Cuba Libre, Dr. “Pretty Zonked” Myers? The Zedster tanking up shortly before he was caught in flagrante delicto with Michael Ruse.
Fig. 7. What Dr. Coyne feels like today.
Trying to speak objectively, I think the meeting was pretty successful, at least from the biology end (as I said, I didn’t see the history/philosophy talks). The talks were as I requested: broad overviews — not narrow research summaries –that were comprehensible to the biologically informed layperson. And the speakers delivered the goods, with entertaining and engrossing presentations. I know I learned a lot! Thanks to all who came, and especially to Bob Richards, who, though listed as “co-organizer” with me, really did the mastodon’s share of the work. This conference was largely his vision and his accomplishment.
h/t: Malgorzata Koraszewska for the Darwined-out puppy