Sex, Genes & Rock n Roll: How evolution has shaped the modern world.
Tuesday, 1 May 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (AEST)
About the talk
Evolution might be ‘the most important idea anyone ever had’, as philosopher Dan Dennett puts it, but outside of biology the awesome power of evolutionary theory remains underappreciated and underused. For too long, explanations for contemporary phenomena have been left to sociologists, psychologists and economists.
Now Rob Brooks explores some very modern phenomena, including obesity, Asia’s missing women, decisions about children’s schooling and the appalling mortality rates among rock stars, to show that evolution can sit comfortably with other explanations in helping us understand our lives and our world.
The Museum Shop will be open during the night for you to purchase Rob's latest book Sex Gene's and Rock 'n' Roll: How evolution has shaped the Modern world and have it signed by him.
Doors open at 6.30pm for cheese and wine. The lecture will begin promptly at 7.00pm.
About the speaker:
Rob Brooks, Professor of Evolution and Director of the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Rob is an Evolutionary Biologist at UNSW who thinks about sex for a living. Things he has thought and written about include the evolution of mate choice, the costs of being attractive, the reason animals age and the links between sex, diet, obesity and death.
Together with his fabulous research group and collaborators, Rob explores the evolutionary and ecological consequences of sexual reproduction. At the moment he is especially interested in the interactions between evolution and economics, the evolution of human life histories, the reasons for sex differences in aging and longevity, the unfolding obesity crisis, the relationship between evolution and equity feminism, the evolution of human bodies, the purpose of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and what we can and cannot infer about morality from studying the natural world.