Science

Adam Rutherford: What Makes Us Human

Tue 20 Nov / Quarterhouse

Humans are the slightest twigs on a single family tree that encompasses four billion years and a billion species. All of those organisms are rooted in a single origin with a common code that underwrites our existence. This paradox - that out biology is indistinct from all life, yet we consider ourselves to be special - lies at the heart of who we are.

Geneticist Adam Rutherford explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: we are not the only species that communicates, makes tools, utilises fire, or has sex for reasons other that to make new versions of ourselves. Evolution has, however, allowed us to develop our culture to a level of complexity that outstrips any other observed in nature.

7.30pm
Tickets: £10/Friends & concessions £8

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