More past debate videos…2011

Links to the 2011 LERN debate are now available!

Debate Motion:

“Humans are unique.  There is a qualitative difference between humans and other animals as well as a quantitative one.”

1st Speaker: Kim Hill (Arizona State University) – For the motion
2nd Speaker: Volker Sommer (UCL) – Against the motion
3rd Speaker: Tim Clutton-Brock (University of Cambridge) – For the motion
4th Speaker: Robert Barton (Durham University) – Against the motion


Question and Answer


This Thursday’s talk and past debate videos

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that this Thursday is Nathan Oesch’s talk at UCL at 5:30.  Please do join us as it is sure to be fun! As always, everyone is welcome.

Also, last week we put up links to the 2012 LERN debate videos, but we want to point out that previous years’ debates are available here for your viewing pleasure!


the LERN committee


LERN Debate 2012: The How and Why of Evolution

“This house believes that the distinction between proximate and ultimate causes hinders a complete understanding of evolutionary processes.”

The topic will consider Ernst Mayr’s distinction between proximate and ultimate explanations of behaviour, which has been hugely influential in evolutionary theory. Are recent criticisms of this dichotomy invalid or does the direction of future research lie in theory that incorporates interactions between proximate and ultimate explanations?

Dr John Odling-Smee (University of Oxford)
Dr Tobias Uller (University of Oxford)

Professor Tom Dickins (Middlesex University)
Dr Thom Scott-Phillips (University of Durham)

This is the fourth debate hosted by LERN. Each speaker will get 15 minutes to present their ideas followed by 5 minutes rebuttal time. There will be a 30 minute open Q&A period at the end of the talks. The debate will be followed by a wine reception at 8pm. The event is free for all to attend.

Date and Time: Wednesday 5th December 2012 from 5.30pm

Location: Pearson G22 Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT [map]

LERN Debate 2011 Photos: Humans Are Unique…?