Darwin Day 2016
In 2016, the Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies (PTNCE) organised the celebration of the Darwin Day in Poznań (February 12), Toruń (February 11 and 12) and Wrocław (February 18).
Date: 13 February 2016, 13:00-16:30.
Place: Sala Posiedzeń in the seat of PTPN, ul. Mielżyńskiego 27/29, Poznań.
Organisers: Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies, Department of English (Nicolaus Copernicus University), Center for Language Evolution Studies (Nicolaus Copernicus University).
Date: 11-12 February 2016.
Place: Collegium Humanisticum Nicolaus Copernicus University, ul. Bojarskiego 1, the main campus Nicolaus Copernicus University.
The organizers conducted two 90-minute experiments illustrating the evolution of the language.
Experiment 1 took place on February 11 at 12:00 and aimed to answer the question of whether cavemen could communicate with aliens.
Experiment 2 took place on February 12 at 12:15 and concerned the possibility of communicating with Mieszko I.
Participants of the experiments learned the names of fruits in a new, fictional language, and at the same time they noticed the rules of the language, for example the relationship between the colors and shapes of fruits and syllables in their names. The language mastered by one group of participants (along with errors) was passed on to the next group as a model for learning. As the learning process passed from group to group, the language was changing, or evolving.
(Source material, time: 14:34-17:03)
Organisers: Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies and University of Wroclaw.
Date: 18 February 2016, 16:00-19:00.
Place: hall of the name of J. Czekanowskiego in Department of Human Biology (University of Wroclaw), ul. Kuźnicza 35, Wrocław.