Washington DC Area: Author James Trefil to Speak about Animal Intelligence

jlolds at my-deja.com jlolds at my-deja.com
Thu Sep 23 10:02:16 EST 1999

---In a lecture titled "Between Intelligent Apes and Smart Computers,
Is There Anything Left for Human Beings?" James Trefil, George Mason
University Clarence J. Robinson Professor of physics, shares some of
the insights from his book "Are We Unique? A Scientist Explores the
Unparalleled Intelligence of the Human Brain," (John Wiley and Sons,

Sponsored by the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason
and by Inova Fairfax Hospital, the lecture will be held Thursday, Oct.
7, at 7 p.m. at the hospital's Physicians Conference Center.

Despite the amazing capabilities of many animal species and the growing
sophistication of computer technology, Trefil argues that human beings
have a kind of intelligence that animals are incapable of and computers
can never replicate.

Trefil is well known for his ability to convey complex scientific
concepts to a lay audience. According to an Amazon.com
review, "Trefil's discussion of animal and mechanical intelligence is
constantly engaging. He writes like a favorite college professor
delivering an entertaining lecture."

Trefil has published 27 books and more than 100 papers in professional
journals and has made contributions to research in elementary particle
physics, fluid mechanics, medical physics and the earth sciences.

For more information, please contact
James L. Olds jolds at krasnow.org

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