Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sage Center Distinguished Fellow talks

Armand Leroi from Imperial College London is the Sage Center Distinguished Fellow for October and November. He is a developmental biologist and science historian. He is giving a series of lectures over the next few weeks. All talks are at 3 p.m. in Bren 4016

October 24--The Experimental Evolution of Music

People all over the world have very different kinds of music. Why? It seems to me that the diversity of music needs to be studied rather as biologists study the diversity of organisms. In this lecture, I'll talk about several ways in which evolutionary analyses can give insights into the diversity of musical forms.

October 31--Aristotle and The Search for the Soul
Who was the greatest biologist of all times? For most it is Darwin; for me it is Aristotle. Although few read him, his scientific work -- there is no other word for it -- was vast and deep. It is a complete biology. In this lecture I will argue that Aristotle still has things to tell us.

November 7--Mutants — and what to do about them
Should you get yourself sequenced? Should you get someone else sequenced? What then? In this lecture I will discuss the burden of mutation that the human species carries and its implications for the neo-eugenic society.

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