Skeptics in the Pub is about getting people to come together and to have a relaxed and enjoyable evening while listening to talks given in a friendly manner on a wide range of topics, the idea being that we all prefer to be in a pub than a lecture theatre.
So what is it with the skepticism? It doesn't mean we disbelieve everything, just our viewpoints are based on evidence and hence the desire for talks in pubs to gain a greater understanding of the world. We also like to believe, whatever you believe, that you would feel welcome at such talks with your own views and to relax and listen to others.
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Tuesday, November 25 2014 at 7:00PM
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20a Portugal Place
Prof. Judith Mank
What's the talk about?
Judith Mank talks about the evolution of sex differences in animals. She wants to understand the diversity of sex determination - from the familiar X and Y chromosomes in humans, to temperature-dependent sex determination in reptiles, the development of males from unfertilized eggs in bees, and sequential hermaphroditic fish that switch from one sex to the other during their lives. She also studies how the evolution of separate sexes leads to inevitable conflicts between them, some of which can be resolved and some of which we just have to live with.
Judith Mank is Professor of Evolutionary and Comparative Biology at University College London, where she and her research group study the genetics of sex and sexual conflict many different animals, from birds and fish to flies.