Gaia Vince

Gaia Vince

How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty and Time

Festival of Ideas/
Wed 29 April 2020
18:30-19:30
Wills Memorial Building
Free Admission

Gaia Vince

How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty and Time

Gaia Vince
Wed 29 April 2020,
18:30-19:30
Wills Memorial Building
Free Admission

Gaia Vince tells the story of how we have made ourselves, and are continuing to do so. Drawing on cutting-edge research in ancient DNA, population genetics, archaeology, psychology, ecology and sociology, she reveals new insights into our history – looking at how energy, knowledge, storytelling, trade and communities arose and are still evolving, showing how it is our collective human culture, rather than individual intelligence, that makes us smart.

Weaving these threads right up to the present day, Vince uses vivid, evidence-based stories to illuminate how humans operate and develop as we do: why people who live in cities are more inventive; what the recent fashion for raw-food diets tells us about our reliance on cooking; how copying is key to problem solving; why globally it is women who lead language change and innovation; why humans will die to save their art; how and why we invented time and it, in turn, changed us. She shows how we are all part of an unfolding social project in which we are becoming ever closer, more mixed, less tribal, and entering a new chapter in our evolution on a planet we are rapidly changing and are being changed by. How will we adapt?

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