Humans are shaped by evolution, but to what extent can mental and cultural attributes be explained by evolution, nature or more specifically genes? Can cultural traits and preferences be explained by genes or memes? And is culture a unique property of humans? How outstanding are humans, really, from an evolutionary perspective? This presentation by biologist Dag Hessen will discuss recent insights in evolution and genes, and link this to various aspects of human culture.
Dag Hessen is professor in biology at the University of Oslo. His interests range from evolutionary biology to ecology, genome size regulation, biology and philosophy, and nature at large. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and the author of numerous books on popular science such as Genes, God & Gaia, Darwin: The World Has Never Been the Same and a book on evolution for children, Where Am I From?.
11 + 12 September, 9 pm