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BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
The Evolution of Beauty
January 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pmFree
OPAS Book Discussion Group
The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World
Author: Richard O. Prum. 2017. 448 pp
When: Jan. 22, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Dungeness River Audubon Center (DRAC)
Discussion Facilitator: Bob Phreaner
Come join discussion leader Bob Phreaner for a spirited discussion of this widely acclaimed book that’s been named a 2017 Best Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, Smithsonian, and the Wall Street Journal. It also was named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
The author, an ornithologist and evolutionary biologist, argues that natural selection is not the only evolutionary mechanism at work in nature. Using several species of birds as examples, he argues that beauty and desire in nature are also factors, and that male features that females prefer in choosing mates evolve rapidly. In later chapters, he extends the discussion to the role of beauty in primate evolution.
The following link will take you to an engaging presentation by the author, in which he shares his love of birds, motivation for writing the book, and other interesting background information that will enhance your reading of the book: Richard Prum Video