Earth’s Birthday 2007
CFI Austin Special Event -- Earth's Birthday
BookPeople at 603 North Lamar
1:00-3:30 p.m .
The event celebrates (and gently corrects) the dating established in 1650 by James Ussher, the Anglican Bishop of Armagh. Ussher, one of the most erudite men of the 17th Century, applied a literalist approach to Biblical chronology, concluding that the earth was created on October 23, 4004 BC -- a dating which stood for almost two hundred years but which has now been decisively abandoned by modern science. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ussher
The event will feature four speakers in 15-20 minute talks, followed by brief question-and-answer sessions and refreshments, including a Flat Earth Birthday Cake, Ptolemaic Planetary Cookies, and Noah's Floodwaters Punch.
The speakers will be:
1. Prof. James H. Dee , Emeritus, Classics, University of Illinois at Chicago: "This is Not the Year 2007."
2. Prof. Sahotra Sarkar , UT Departments of Integrative Biology and Philosophy: "Early Life."
3. Prof. Leon E. Long , UT Jackson School of Geosciences: "When Earth was Young."
4. Prof. David Lambert , Director, UT McDonald Observatory: " The Age of the Universe ."
The event is free and open to the public.