6 February 2020

Winter Lecture: Book of humans

We like to think of ourselves as exceptional beings, but are we really any more special than other animals?

Humans are the slightest of twigs on a single family tree that encompasses four billion years, a lot of twists and turns, and a billion species. All of those organisms are rooted in a single origin, with a common code that underwrites our existence.

This paradox – that our biology is indistinct from all life, yet we consider ourselves to be special – lies at the heart of who we are.

In an original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam Rutherford will explore how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: we are not the only species that communicates, makes tools, utilises fire, or has sex for reasons other than to make new versions of ourselves.

Evolution has, however, allowed us to develop our culture to a level of complexity that outstrips any other observed in nature.

Speaker: Adam Rutherford, scientist and broadcaster

Entry to the winter lectures is on a first come basis so we recommend arriving 15 minutes before the advertised start time to be assured of a seat.

All Winter Lectures take place at:
Priory Road Lecture Theatre,
University of Bristol,
8 Woodland Road,
Bristol
BS8 1TN

Parking in the area can be difficult so you may want to allow extra time to find a space.