Next Event: LERN Annual Debate 2009

Over the past few years there has been a resurgence of interest in group/multilevel selection as an explanatory framework, particularly with respect to cooperative behaviour in humans and eusocial animals.

We at the London Evolutionary Research Network think this is a fascinating and timely topic, and we are pleased to announce our forthcoming debate.

Four eminent speakers in the field will be discussing the motion:

Is natural selection at the group level an important evolutionary force?

Stuart West
Professor of Evolutionary Biology, University of Oxford

Herbert Gintis
Professor of Economics, Santa Fe Intitute, University of Siena, and Central European University

Samir Okasha
Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Bristol

Mark Pagel
Professor of Biology, University of Reading

This is the first debate-style talk LERN has hosted. Each speaker will get 20 minutes to present their ideas followed by 10 minutes rebuttal time. There will be a substantial Q&A period at the end of the talks. Tea and biscuits will be served during a break. This event is free.

Date: 7 July 2009, Tuesday

Time: 15.30 – 18.30

Location: JZ Young Lecture Theater,

Anatomy Building, University College London

LINK TO MAP Entrance via Gower Street or Malet Place.