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Darwin’s unfinished symphony: How culture made the human mind

Kevin Laland discusses how the human mind and its unique ability to devise and transmit culture evolved from its roots in animal behaviour.

Kevin Laland

Event description

How did the human mind—and the uniquely human ability to devise and transmit culture—evolve from its roots in animal behaviour? Kevin Laland will present a captivating new theory of human cognitive evolution. He will reveal how culture is not just the magnificent end product of an evolutionary process that produced a species unlike all others—it is also the key driving force behind that process.

About the speakers

Kevin Laland is Professor of Behavioural and Evolutionary Biology at the University of St Andrews, where he is a member of the Centre for Biological Diversity, the Centre for Social learning and Cognitive Evolution, the Institute for Behavioural and Neural Sciences, and the Scottish Primate Research Group.

Timing

The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Kevin's book, Darwin’s unfinished symphony: How culture made the human mind, will be available for purchase and signing following the talk.