Human Evolution: Where Are We Now?

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Chris Stringer

Human Evolution: Where Are We Now?

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 18:45

During the past year, there have been so many stunning new discoveries in the field of human origins that some of our most cherished and long-standing assumptions have been thrown into chaos. Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum is the the world's foremost expert on human origins and will be bringing us up to date. The room will be packed so come early to make sure you have a seat!

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How To Lose An Argument With Noam Chomsky
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton St, off Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

Winning an argument with the Pope would be difficult unless you agreed in advance about central postulates of Catholic doctrine such as virgin birth, original sin and the evils of birth control. In this lecture, Chris Knight tells the story of his unsuccessful attempts to argue against the reigning master of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky. When Knight published his recent book, 'Decoding Chomsky', he was hoping to shift the ground in our scientific understanding of language, arguing for its intrinsically social nature. But experience has shown that arguing with an infallible figure is not so easy, even when the master's doctrines make no sense.