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On Being Human

Three good talks at Duke this Fall:

This year’s series explores how advances in neuroscience, genomics, robotics, and artificial intelligence are not only changing our conception of what it is to be human but also creating possibilities for changing ‘human nature’ in fundamental ways.

Monday, October 29, 2007 – 5:00 pm
Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center
How are we to think about Human Nature?
Simon Blackburn, Professor of Philosophy
University of Cambridge

Thursday, November 8, 2007 – 4:00 pm
Biological Sciences Building, Room 111
Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why we Are Who We Are
Frans B.M. de Waal
C.H. Candler, Professor of Psychology, Emory University Director, Living Links Center, Yerkes National Center

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 – 5:00 pm
Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center
Human Nature: Bad Biology and Bad Social Theory
Richard Lewontin, Professor of Biology and Zoology
Harvard University


  1. #1 Anne-Marie
    October 19, 2007

    Looks like a great lineup, wish I was closer! I highly recommend the de Waal lecture to anyone, he came here a couple of years ago and even if you don’t completely agree with all of his ideas he is a really entertaining lecturer (watch for the slides with side-by-sides of Bush and chimp postures).

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