[ASC-list] Public lectures: Darwin's ape and the progress trap

Sharon Abrahams sharon.abrahams at science.org.au
Tue Feb 24 22:46:58 UTC 2009

The National Academies Forum (NAF) announces an upcoming series of free
public lectures by Mr. Ronald Wright entitled 'Darwin's Ape and the
Progress Trap', to be held in late March and early April 2009 in
Melbourne, Darwin, Canberra, Hobart and Sydney.



Synopsis of the lectures:

The bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth finds the human race at a
critical juncture in its evolution. The formidable problems of the 21st
century, climate change, overpopulation, environmental degradation and
severe economic and political crises prompt us to ask whether Nature
made a mistake when she enlarged the brains of apes. Has mankind reached
its evolutionary ceiling? A stage at which it is clever enough to get
into big trouble or not, perhaps, clever enough to get out? Ronald
Wright first raised these questions in his 2004 Massey Lectures and
international bestseller, A short history of progress.


Darwin's ape and the progress trap focuses on reading the human record
from the Old Stone Age, through the early civilizations, to the
industrial civilization of today. Wright's lecture takes a hard look at
where we have been and what that can tell us about where we may be



Lecture dates and locations:               

                Sunday 22 March, 6:00pm: State Library of Victoria,

                Tuesday 24 March, 6:00pm: Northern Territory Library,

                Thursday 26 March, 6:00pm: National Library of
Australia, Canberra

                Monday 30 March, 6:00pm: Dechaineaux Theatre, University
of Tasmania (Hosted by the State Library of Tasmania, Hobart)

                Friday 3 April, 6:00pm: State Library of New South
Wales, Sydney


For further information, please see the NAF website


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