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!

From,

the LERN committee

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News: Debate Videos Up!

Dear all,

On July 7th 2009, LERN held a debate on group selection in which four eminent speakers in the field discussed 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 Institute, 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 was the first debate-style talk hosted by LERN. Each speaker was allowed 20 minutes to present their ideas followed by 10 minutes rebuttal time. This was followed by a substantial Q&A period at the end of the talks.

This event was hugely successful and was the most attended LERN event to date with over 150 attendees.

After many months of waiting, the videos have finally been uploaded online. You can now watch the debate videos by clicking on the picture below:


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.