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Darwin Day Lecture: Social Evolution in Darwin’s World

Date(s) - 11/02/2020 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Curtis Auditorium Newcastle NE1 7RU

Robin Dunbar, University of Oxford
Though Darwin was much interested in social behaviour and psychology, he lived in a time when little was known about animal societies. We have since come to appreciate how complex some mammal societies, in particular, can be. In this lecture Professor Dunbar will present some novel ideas on how mammal, primate, and especially human societies have evolved – and why.
Robin Dunbar is Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Magdalen College, and an elected Fellow of the British Academy. His principal research interests focus on the evolution of sociality (with particular reference to primates and humans). He is best known for the social brain hypothesis, the gossip theory of language evolution, and Dunbar’s Number (the limit on the number of relationships that we can manage). His popular science books include Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language, The Human Story, How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks, and The Science of Love and Betrayal. His latest book, Evolution: What Everyone Needs to Know, will be published in April 2020 by Oxford University Press.
There will be no charge for this lecture, which is part of the Insights series of public lectures.
The Curtis Auditorium is on the main Newcastle University campus, a short distance from the Haymarket Metro station.

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