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“Animal Algorithms” Webinar with Author Eric Cassell

How do some birds, turtles, and insects possess navigational abilities that rival the best manmade navigational technologies? Who or what taught the honey bee its dance, or its hive mates how to read the complex message of the dance? How do blind mound-building termites master passive heating and cooling strategies that dazzle skilled human architects?

In The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin conceded that such instincts are “so wonderful” that the mystery of their origin would strike many as “a difficulty sufficient to overthrow my whole theory.” In Animal Algorithms, Eric Cassell surveys recent evidence and concludes that the difficulty remains, and indeed, is a far more potent challenge to evolutionary theory than Darwin imagined.

Join author and systems engineer Eric Cassell, interviewed by Center for Science & Culture Associate Director Casey Luskin, in this free webinar, where Cassell will explain just how perplexing these “animal algorithms” are and what this implies about their origin. After the interview, the cyber-floor will be opened for the audience to ask Cassell questions about the book. Whether you’ve had a chance to read the book or not, you won’t want to miss this webinar!


Thursday, December 9, 2021
4:00 – 5:30 PM PT


John Felts

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Eric Cassell

Eric Cassell is the author of Animal Algorithms: Evolution and the Mysterious Origin of Ingenious Instincts and is an expert in navigation systems, including GPS. He has had a long-time interest in animal navigation. He has more than four decades of experience in systems engineering related to aircraft navigation and safety. He has served as an engineering consultant for NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); has developed computer algorithms for safety systems; and has published numerous technical papers. His academic training includes bachelor’s degrees in biology (George Mason University) and electrical engineering (Villanova University), and a master’s in science and religion from Biola University, which included the history and philosophy of science.

Casey Luskin

Associate Director, Center for Science and Culture
Casey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.