“Meet the Professor” - Professor Lee Dugatkin

The Prince of Evolution: Peter Kropotkin's Adventures in Science and Politics
When Mar 29, 2012
from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where University Club
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Contact Phone 852-3252
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Prince of Evolution


Lee Dugatkin, Professor of Biology and a Distinguished University Scholar, will introduce you to Russian Prince Kropotkin – one of the world’s first international celebrities. Kropotkin wrote books on a dazzling array of topics, from evolution and ethics to penal systems and the coming industrial revolution in the East. A common thread - Kropotkin’s Law of Mutual Aid - tied these works together, and today might permit science to help save our species from destroying itself.

This event is free but a small donation is appreciated and will go toward additional A&S programming.  Please contact Lindsey Ronay at 502-852-3252 or lindsey.ronay@louisville.edu. 

Please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here (external link).

Lee Dugatkin

 

Below is an excerpt from a Scientific American blog entry about Dr. Dugatkin and his latest work (external link):

The Prince of Evolution offers a tantalizing peek into the life and ideas of a man Dugatkin calls “one of the world’s first international celebrities,” someone who filled auditoriums throughout Europe, England, and the United States with talks ranging from biology to anarchy to Russian literature. Kropotkin was a thinker whose ideas were so large that a single discipline could not contain them, and they were thought to be so dangerous that he was arrested multiple times and spent lengthy prison terms in Russia  and France for communicating them. Part of what made him such a threat to the monarchs of Europe, Dugatkin suggests, was that Kropotkin refused to accept any authority that wasn’t based on scientific principles. He urged people everywhere to reject illegitimate tyranny and to use the tools of critical thinking and science to build a more equitable society themselves. As Kropotkin wrote in his Appeal to the Young (1880):

We need above everything to spread the truths already mastered by science, to make them part of our daily life, to render them common property. We have to order things so that all, so that the mass of mankind, may be capable of understanding and applying them; we have to make science no longer a luxury but the foundation of every man’s life. This is what justice demands. I go further: I say that the interests of science itself lie in the same direction. Science only makes real progress when a new truth finds a soil already prepared to receive it.

 

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