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What Makes Us Human?
Sunday, May 25 2014
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Richard Wherrett Studio, Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Rob Brooks, Thomas Suddendorf, Ashley Hay (facilitator)
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What are we? Who are we? Thomas Suddendorf, author of The Gap, and Rob Brooks, author of Sex Genes and Rock 'n' Roll, examine the science of what separates us from even our closest animal relatives and what divides us as humans. How has the evolutionary past shaped human nature? In conversation with Ashley Hay, these authors tease out the distinctions that define the human condition.
Ashley Hay (Australian)
Ashley Hay is the author of four books of non-fiction, The Secret: The strange marriage of Annabella Milbanke and Lord Byron, Gum: The story of eucalypts and their champions, and Herbarium and Museum with the visual artist Robyn Stacey. Ashley's first novel, The Body in the Clouds was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize 'Best First Book' (South-East Asia and Pacific region) and the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Her new novel is The Railwayman’s Wife. ashleyhay.com.au
Thomas Suddendorf is an award-winning researcher and lecturer, fascinated by the development and evolution of mental capacities. He is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland and author of The Gap – The Science of What Separates Us From Other Animals. thegap.psy.uq.edu.au
Rob Brooks is director of the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre at UNSW Australia. He is an internationally recognised expert on evolutionary biology and the complexities of sexual behaviour, and winner of the Australian Academy of Science’s Fenner Medal. He won the 2013 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Science Communication and, for his book Sex,Genes & Rock ’n’ Roll: How Evolution has Shaped the Modern World, the 2012 Queensland Literary Award for Science Writing.