Darwin Festival 2009

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Created: 2009-09-21 14:37
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Description: The Darwin 2009 Festival, 5–10 July 2009, celebrated the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and the sesquicentenary of the publication of his most famous book, On the Origin of Species. About 1500 people attended the core Festival and at least the same number again attended the related exhibitions, tours and fringe events during the week. The programme comprised over 70 separate events and included 110 outstanding speakers. Intended to appeal to a broad audience, from academics to teenagers, the Festival covered a highly varied range of topics. The Festival encapsulated the current state of understanding of evolution. It addressed the agreements and disagreements; it revealed how far we have come and the possibilities and choices that may face us in the future. Video recordings of all the morning sessions listed by day, can be found on these web pages. Each session commences with a quote from Darwin’s correspondence. This is followed by two talks of around 25 minutes each. These are followed by presentations from 4 panellists each taking around 8 minutes. A selection of audio recordings of talks from the afternoon sessions can also be found on these pages. The full programme and abstract booklet for the Festival can be down loaded at http://www.darwin2009.cam.ac.uk/festival/

 

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Chris Ponting, Darwin and modern science, Thurs 9 July


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Genomes: the books of life
Professor Chris Ponting (University of Oxford, UK)

Summary: DNA from across the tree of life presents a fascinating record of the impact of natural...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Cynthia Kenyon, What does the future hold? Fri 10 July


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Evolutionary basis of ageing
Professor Cynthia Kenyon (University of California, San Francisco, USA)

Summary: Scientists have long thought that ageing ‘just happens’. Yet...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Tue 13 Oct 2009


Dame Gillian Beer, Darwin's universal impact, Mon 6 July


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Darwin imagining others: observation and language
Professor Dame Gillian Beer (University of Cambridge, UK)


Summary: Darwin was a famously attentive observer, responding to...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Daniel Dennett, Human nature and belief, Wed 8 July


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Darwin and the evolution of ‘why’?
Professor Daniel C Dennett (Centre for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA)

Summary: We human beings are the...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Darwin 2009 Festival Slideshow


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A picture slideshow to commemorate the week long festival.

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Mon 9 Nov 2009


Elliot Sober, Darwin's universal impact, Mon 6 July


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Philosophical implications of Darwin's theory of evolution
Professor Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA)

Summary: What are the philosophical implications of...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Evelyn Fox Keller, Society and health, Tue 7 July


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What do we mean by Darwinism?
Professor Evelyn Fox Keller (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA)

Summary: The neo-Darwinian synthesis brought great...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Harold Varmus, Darwin and Modern Science, Thurs 9 July


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Darwinian ideas about cancer
Professor Harold Varmus (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, USA)

Summary: Charles Darwin’s ideas about natural selection were...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Herbert Gintis, Darwin and modern science, Thurs 9 July


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Towards the unification of the behavioural sciences
Professor Herbert Gintis (New Mexico, USA / Budapest, Hungary)

Summary: Despite their distinct objects of study, the human...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


John Hedley Brooke, Human nature and belief, Wed 8 July


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Summary: On no area of human concern has Darwin’s impact been as keenly felt as on matters of religion. Here I shall not dwell on popular constructions of conflict between...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Jon Hodge, Darwin's universal impact, Mon 6 July


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How could Charles Darwin have all these impacts?
Dr Jon Hodge (University of Leeds, UK)

Summary: Were Darwin the English parson naturalist of legend, his vast impact would be...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Lord Martin Rees, What does the future hold? Fri 10 July


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Understanding and changing the world beyond 2050
Professor Lord Martin Rees (University of Cambridge, UK)

Summary: By 2050, we will all be increasingly empowered by technology...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Lord Robert May, What does the future hold?, Fri 10 July


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Cooperation among nations in a crowded world
Professor Lord Robert May (University of Oxford, UK)

Summary: Arguably the central unsolved problem in evolutionary biology – from...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Ludmilla Jordanova, Darwin's universal impact, Mon 6 July


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The Impact of Images of Darwin
Professor Ludmilla Jordanova (Department of History, King’s College London)

Summary: Millions of people can recognize the figure of Charles...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Philip Kitcher, Human nature and belief, Wed 8 July


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Evolutionary Psychology and the Legacy of Sociobiology
Professor Philip Kitcher
(Columbia University, New York City, USA)

Summary: The human sociobiology of the 1970s and...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Randolph Nesse, Society and health, Tue 7 July


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Darwinian medicine
Professor Randolph Nesse (University of Michigan, USA)

Summary: At least three kinds of evolutionary applications are transforming medicine and public...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Richard Dawkins, Darwin's universal impact, Mon 6 July


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Darwin’s five bridges
Professor Richard Dawkins (University of Oxford, UK)

Summary: Was Darwin the most revolutionary scientist ever? If, by revolutionary, we mean the...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Robert J. Richards, Human nature and belief, Wed 8 July


   2,846 views

Darwin’s displacement of intelligent design
Professor Robert J Richards (University of Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Summary: Darwin constructed his theory utilizing some...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Roger Short, What does the future hold?, Fri 10 July


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Global populations

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Thu 15 Oct 2009


Sarah Hrdy, Health and society, Tue 7 July


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Darwin and the ascent of emotionally modern man: how humans became such hypersocial apes
Professor Sarah Blaffer Hrdy (University of California, Davis, USA)

Summary: As...

Collection: Darwin Festival 2009

Institution: Department of Biological Anthropology

Created: Mon 30 Nov 2009


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