Human Evolution @ UCL


Two members of our Human Evolution @ UCL network appear on BBC Radio 4's Infinite Monkey Cage

8 February 2016

Our very own Prof Mark Thomas and Prof Sophie Scott, both members of Human Evolution @ UCL join Brian Cox and Robin Ince on stage for The Infinite Monkey Cage, in two different recent episodes:

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Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Shappi Khorsandi, science broadcaster Adam Rutherford and evolutionary geneticist Mark Thomas. They look at the thorny issue of race, and whether there is a scientific definition for the concept of race. Do our genes reveal racial differences, and if so do they tell us anything about our evolutionary history? They also look at the results of their own personal DNA tests...so which panellist is a little bit neanderthal and which one has a genetic history firmly rooted in the North! Click the link above to find out what is race.

What Is Reality?

Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by neuroscientist David Eagleman, Professor Sophie Scott and comedian Bridget Christie to ask what is reality? Is our sense of the world around us a completely personal experience and a construct of our brains? How can we ever know whether what one person perceives is exactly the same as what another person perceives. Is your sense of the world around you an illusion constructed by this extraordinary organ, the brain, that has no direct access to the outside world that it is helping you to understand. Click the link above to find out what reality is.