College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

2. What makes us human? The construction of the human niche and the capacity for belief

Second lecture of Professor Dr Agustin Fuentes' Gifford Lecture series.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday 27 February 2018, 5.30 - 6.30pm

The lecture may be followed by questions. Latest finishing time is 7pm.

Venue: Playfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

Lecture abstract

The first unequivocal members of the human line emerge from the cluster of human-like lineages about 2 million years ago. We call them the genus Homo. Rapidly they set off on a course that altered their bodies, minds, and the planet. One that is still underway. Over the past two million years the human lineage developed a suite of distinctive characteristics that are central to contemporary human capacities and lifeways. This lecture, drawing on the evidence from bones, stones, biologies and ecologies, illustrates the emergence of humanity’s niche, our natures, via distinctive patterns of eating, caring, moving and creatively manipulating the world around us.

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