Raleigh, NC, February 14, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality (http://www.rockytophospitality.com/), has announced that The Daily Planet Café will host two science café discussions during the month of February, with focuses on the pursuit of scientific discoveries and understanding the human-canine relationship. Each of these events will be led by experts in their respective fields and will conclude with a Q&A session in which the audience is encouraged to ask specific questions to learn more.
The first talk, entitled “Ignorance,” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and will be led by Stuart Firestein, Ph.D., chairman of the department of biological sciences at Columbia University. Dr. Firestein will discuss his recently released book “Ignorance: How it Drives Science,” in which he evaluates the idea that pursuing research based on what we do not know is more valuable than building on our present knowledge of the world. A published author with Wired, Huffington Post, and Scientific American, Firestein will engage participants in this discussion addressing the pursuit of scientific discoveries and the most effective approach to enhancing knowledge.
The café will later host a discussion centered on further examining the human-canine relationship and evaluating how man and dog have progressed over the centuries. “The Genius of Dogs” program will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. with the discussion led by Brian Hare, Ph.D., founder and director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center and associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University. Alongside science café participants, Dr. Hare will delve into current research on canine intelligence and where the species is headed in the future.
“We look forward to the science café discussions each month, as they bring new topics and issues to the forefront of our local community conversations,” said Ogan. “This month’s discussions on how we address future scientific discoveries, as well as the untapped scientific relationship between humans and canines, is sure to be an eye opener for our participants.”
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- Located inside the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, The Daily Planet Café frequently hosts discussions about science. The events are free and open to the public.
About Rocky Top Hospitality:
Rocky Top Hospitality restaurants have consistently rated among the Triangle’s most popular local dining choices since its first restaurant opened in 1998. The Rocky Top Hospitality name includes a variety of unique restaurant concepts, such as The Daily Planet Café, The Twisted Fork Grill, Market & Bar, and Rocky Top Catering & Events, a thriving events facility and catering business. All Rocky Top restaurant menus provide items not found anywhere else, and focus on using local North Carolina beef, seafood, poultry, pork, dairy and organic produce. Pastas and desserts are made daily, in house by the chefs and never come out of a box. Rocky Top beef and pork have had no growth hormones, additives, antibiotics or chemical feed. Owner Dean Ogan is known for actively giving back to the community and was named the 2011 Restaurateur of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA).
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