Over the past 2 million years, the human lineage evolved from a group of bipedal, apelike beings to makers of stone tools, controllers of fire and producers of cave art. Humans went on to flourish in language and arts, becoming constructors of towns, cities, nations and empires, and ultimately becoming a core force in the global ecosystem. How did this happen? Were these advances solely the results of competition for resources, or did they grow from something more complex and distinctive? In this presentation, University of Notre Dame anthropologist Agustín Fuentes will make the case for the latter argument, suggesting that these advances stem from a unique cocktail of creativity and collaboration that is distinctive to our species. Fuentes will explore the ways in which the human lineage acquired a distinctive set of neurological, physiological and social skills that enabled us to work together and think together in order to imagine, create, collaborate and compete at increasing levels of complexity. He will demonstrate ways that this combination of attributes has propelled the development of our bodies, minds and cultures, both for good and for bad. The discussion will offer a brief glimpse into this emerging new synthesis of the human evolutionary story. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary theologian Ron Cole-Turner will respond. Reception to follow.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 5:30 PM - 8:00 PMEastern Time
AAAS Auditorium1200 New York Ave, NWEntrance at 12th and H StreetWashington, District of Columbia 20005USA
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