2018 Herzberg Lecture

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Tues. Nov 27, 2018 at 19:00
Richcraft Hall (a.k.a. "River Building")

Freeman Dyson
Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton N.J.

Biological and Cultural Evolution: Six Characters in Search of an Author

What plays a bigger role in evolution: biology or culture? And when did the direction of evolution shift from diversification to unification? In this highly-anticipated lecture, Dyson will demonstrate how the concept of evolution has itself evolved over the last 200 years. He'll do this by examining the ideas of some of the biggest names in the field: Charles Darwin, Motoo Kimura, Ursula Goodenough, H. G. Wells, Richard Dawkins, and Svante Pääbo. Using the Pirandello play, Six Characters in Search of Author as a metaphor, Dyson will explain the overarching story that these scientists' theories have told, and how a better understanding of this can help you to become a wiser and more responsible inhabitant of our planet.

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