Lunch hour lectures repository Autumn 2008
- 7 October 2008: Is Human Evolution Over?
- 9 October: A Tale of Two Churches
- 14 October: How Does My Brain Hear Your Voice?
- 16 October: Voice of God
- 21 October: The Zen of Running
- 23 October: UrbanBuzz - Building Sustainable Communities
- 28 October: Darwin, Microbes and the Increasing Incidence of Chronic Inflammatory Diseases (UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEMS, WE WERE UNABLE TO RECORD THIS LECTURE AND IT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW ONLINE)
- 30 October: What's New in Magnetic Healing?
- 11 November: The Northern Utopia: What is Distinctive About the Nordic Countries
- 13 November: Do We Need a British Bill of Rights and a Written Constitution?
- 18 November: TRIM5, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Red Queen
- 20 November: Rescuing the Past: Prayer Books, Parchment and Multi-Spectral Imaging
- 25 November: The Secret of Man's Red Fire
- 27 November: From 'Grey Goo' to Nanomedicine
- 2 December: Earthquake Vulnerability: An Engineer's Perspective With a Difference
- 4 December: Stemming Vision Loss With Stem Cells - Seeing is Believing
Download Lunch Hour Lectures
to your mobile device
from 7 days after the live event
at iTunes U.
7 October 2008: Is Human Evolution Over?
7 March 2008
Professor Steve Jones – UCL Biology
Many people assume that the human race is in decline. The idea is an ancient one and gained new life with the work of Charles Darwin and his cousin Francis Galton, the founder of eugenics. Certainly, plenty of people are surviving who once did not, and others are having children when once they would have stayed celibate; and there are plenty of cases where medicine can treat those with damaged genes and can allow them to pass them on. This lecture will argue that in spite of this popular fear, everything we know about the process of evolution conspires to ensure that – at least in the developed world, and at least for the time being – human evolution has slowed down or stopped.
Page last modified on 10 sep 08 11:26