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Drawing on new research by geneticists, neuroscientists, primatologists, and archaeologists, Richard Wrangham will show that what domesticated our species was nothing less than the invention of capital punishment. But how could our low aggressiveness evolve from repeated acts of aggression? Wrangham solves this puzzle and in doing so, proposes a fascinating new theory for the origin of Homo sapiens.
Richard Wrangham is Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology, Havard University. He is the author of ‘Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human’, and ‘Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence’ (with Dale Peterson). Professor Wrangham is a leader in Primate behavioural ecology. He is the recipient of the Rivers Memorial Medal from the Royal Anthropological Institute and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy.
The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7pm.
Copies of Richard’s book, ‘The Goodness Paradox: How Evaluation Made Us Both More and Less Violent’, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.