Reminder: Upcoming Events, June 2008

May 15, 2008

Truth Uncorked: Author/Filmmaker/Darwin Descendant Matthew Chapman, Thurs. June 12

CFI-NYC's Truth Uncorked series continues on Thursday, June 12 with Matthew Chapman, the acclaimed author, Hollywood screenwriter, director, and producer, and the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin.  Join us for an intimate evening of fine dining, exquisite wine, and intelligent conversation. 

Matthew is the author of 40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, OxyContin, and Other Oddities On Trial in Pennsylvania , an account of the 2005 Intelligent Design trial in Dover, PA, and Trials of the Monkey: An Accidental Memoir , a personal memoir centered on a trip to Dayton, TN to witness a reenactment of the Scopes trial and see how -- or if -- attitudes towards evolution have changed.  Matthew's produced screenplays include Runaway Jury (starring Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and John Cusack ) and Color of Night (starring Bruce Willis ).  He has written and directed multiple films, including Slow Burn (starring Johnny Depp, Eric Roberts,  and Beverly D'Angelo ) and Hussy (starring Helen Mirren ).  He is currently writing and directing a philosophical thriller, The Ledge , co-produced by Mark Damon, Michael Mailer, and Matthias Visser.

Thursday, June 12, 6:00 p.m.
Gascogne ( )
158 8th Avenue (at 18th Street)

SPACE IS LIMITED. RSVP REQUIRED.  $80 admission includes dinner and wine tasting.  For reservations or more information, contact nyc [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net, or call (212) 504-2935.

Future Truth Uncorked guests include John Rennie (chief editor, Scientific American ); mathematician and author John Allen Paulos; and poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht.  Visit for updates.

Worldviews and Opinions of Scientists Report Release: Thurs., June 5

A major new survey of Indian scientists' opinions and attitudes regarding religion, ethics, and society will be released at United Nations Plaza on June 5, 2008, where lead researchers will present a summary report of key results.

Among other intriguing findings, the study shows that only 8 percent of Indian scientists express ethical reservations about genetic engineering and stem cell research, while 90 percent somewhat or strongly agree with the teaching of traditional Ayurvedic medicine in university degree courses.

The groundbreaking sociological study is the first in a series, Worldviews and Opinions of Scientists, which aims to explore the worldviews and opinions of science professionals in various non-Western societies. This international academic research project is conducted by the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at Trinity College (Hartford, CT) in cooperation with the Center for Inquiry.

Other survey questions cover topics such as Reasons for Becoming a Scientist, Status of Women, Scientific Literacy in India, Opinions Regarding Evolution, Ethical Constraints on Science, Belief in God, Belief in Miracles, and Spirituality.

A summary report of the survey will be released at a press conference and seminar:

Thursday, June 5, 2008
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (lunch will be served)
777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor
(1st Ave at 44th St)

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Center for Inquiry, +1 (212) 504-2937.

Darwin's Garden: An Evolutionary Adventure: Sun., June 15

Join CFI-NYC for a group tour of the New York Botanical Garden's latest exhibit, Darwin's Garden: An Evolutionary Adventure .  The exhibit replicates Darwin's botanical work, and more of Darwin's Down House experiments, in a stunning, multipart exhibition totaling 33 stops, spread throughout about half of the garden's 250 acres. Visitors who enter the exhibition through the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will encounter a replica of a room in Darwin's house, designed so they can look through the window, as he did, to a profusion of plants and bright flowers: hollyhocks, flax and of course primroses, what Todd Forrest, the garden's vice president for horticulture, calls "a typical British garden."  Read more in the NY Times ' recent article about the exhibit.

To RSVP and for more information, call Tasha Williams-Dantzler at (212) 504-2935, or e-mail nyc [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net.

Sunday, June 15, 2:00 p.m.
New York Botanical Garden
Southern Boulevard and 200th St., Bedford Park, the Bronx