Last night I attended this group's monthly meeting for the first time. The topic was "what do you think was the key evolutionary development for humans?" There were only 4 of us last night, which the organizer said was a couple people light.
The conversation was strong as we all brought articles from various sources and discussed what was currently viewed as coming 'first' for humans. Upright, modern posture and stride; use of fire, etc. were discussed along with this week's report in the Economist detailing one Harvard researcher's theory of cooking as the key evolutionary advantage for humans. Then, because we all have the attention span of fruit flies, we got into discussions of recent studies on the topic of life on Mars. :)
I won't go into exhaustive details but it was a great example of being able to find sensible folks anywhere....even South Carolina.