Glasgow Gifford Lectures Autumn 2019

Issued: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 15:39:00 BST

Mark Pagel Uni of Reading full

Professor Mark Pagel will give the Glasgow Gifford Lectures autumn 2019 series, entitled ‘Wired for culture: origins of the human social mind, or why humans occupied the world’, between 23rd and 29th October.

A Fellow of the Royal Society and Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Reading, Professor Pagel is best known for his work on building statistical models to examine the evolutionary processes imprinted in animal and human behaviour, from genomics to the emergence of complex systems, including language and culture.

He is the editor-in-chief of the 'Oxford Encyclopedia of Evolution' and co-author of 'The Comparative Method in Evolutionary Biology', while his book 'Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind' was one of the Guardian newspaper’s ‘best science books of 2012'.

The series will comprise four lectures, all of which will take place in the Sir Charles Wilson building:

Wed 23 Oct


The evolution of language: from speech to culture

Thu 24 Oct


The evolution of creativity: you’re not as clever as you think

Mon 28 Oct


Human tribalism – a curse of our evolutionary past?

Tue 29 Oct


The end of Anthropology? What does the future hold for the world’s languages and cultures?

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