Are Humans Unique? The question of human uniqueness affects us all -- from how we understand ourselves as a species to how we behave towards fellow humans and other animals. We at the London Evolutionary Research Network think this is a fascinating topic, and we are pleased to announce our forthcoming debate. Four eminent speakers … Continue reading LERN Debate 2011
On 14th September 2010, LERN hosted a debate on epigenetics. The videos for the entire debate are now available to watch online. Resuscitating Lamarck: Do we need a new evolutionary theory? The following speakers discussed the motion 'Epigenetic inheritance compels an extension of the Modern Synthesis' Eva Jablonka (for) Professor at the Cohn Institute for the … Continue reading LERN Debate 2010 Video
Resuscitating Lamarck: Do we need a new evolutionary theory? The issue of epigenetics has sparked some discussion about the mechanisms by which evolutionary change arises. Some scientists believe that epigenesis has been an important factor in evolution, and propose a reformulation of the evolutionary theory as we know it, while others do not see epigenesis … Continue reading Next Event: LERN Debate 2010
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, … Continue reading News: Debate Videos Up!
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 … Continue reading Next Event: LERN Annual Debate 2009