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Brother Jed Week; Bernd Heinrich; event & meeting on Wednesday!

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Hello everyone!

Two things today:

Brother Jed is in town all this week, and will be at Speakers’ Circle every afternoon. We will be tabling all this week, and we also have a special event planned for noon on Wednesday. We’re not saying what it is, but I strongly encourage you to come by Speakers’ Circle and check it out! We are still looking for a few more volunteers as well; if you want to help out, please email me at or text/call me at 573-424-0420 cell.

Then, at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, we will have our weekly meeting. Although we usually meet in the Agriculture Building room 2-16, this week, we’ll be in the lobby of the Student Center (Facebook event). This will be a “fun” meeting – no guided discussion topic or SASHAtalk this week, more of just a get-to-know-you meeting and a way for our new members and curiosity-seekers to ask questions and learn more about who we are and why we do what we do. There will be games, and yes, there will be CAKE (the food, not the band). See you there!

The cover of the first Bernd Heinrich book I ever read, "Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival"

Secondly, some of you may have heard me talk before about one of my favorite scientists, Bernd Heinrich. He’s a zoologist who has studied bees and, more recently, birds, specifically ravens & crows. His research, among others’, has contributed to our understanding that birds in the Corvus genus are among the smartest animals in the world. His research focuses on the physiological and behavioral adaptations of animals to their environments. In his 70 years, he’s written 18 books, and if you’re interested in his writing style, think “the scientific passion of Richard Dawkins meets the English mastery of William Butler Yeats.” He is one of the few science writers who, like Carl Sagan or Helen Fisher, while remaining firmly in the non-fiction camp, borders on real poetry. He is a delight to read.

I recently found out there is a documentary about him, released earlier this year. I am most likely going to order it; I think we should set up a time to all watch it! You can watch the trailer here.

See you all at Speakers’ Circle, and at the meeting on Wednesday!

– Dave

P.S. I’ve said before that we get at least 1 hit every day from people searching the internet for “dogs having sex.” Since mentioning this fact on the blog, we’ve now hit a new record: 18 people so far today have clicked through to this blog via the search parameter “dogs having sex.” So, to our 18 visitors looking for (presumably) pictures of dogs having sex, my apologies; this is an atheism/skepticism blog that once happened to post a photo of dogs having sex within an article about sexual harassment. Nevertheless, we do hope that while you’re here, you enjoy your stay. Good luck in finding what you’re looking for, and as we are a daily blog, we hope to see you again soon!
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Dave Muscato is Vice President of MU SASHA. He is a vegetarian, LGBTQ ally, and human- & animal-welfare activist. A junior at Mizzou majoring in economics & anthropology and minoring in philosophy & Latin, Dave posts updates to the SASHA blog every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. His website is

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This entry was posted on October 3, 2011 by in Author: Dave Muscato, Book Reviews & Recommedations, SASHA Events and tagged .
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