[ASC-list] TONIGHT BrisScience
l.ross at smp.uq.edu.au
Mon Jun 22 00:44:51 UTC 2009
From ape to human: Clues about the evolution of the human
mind¶Celebrating Darwin’s 200th birthday and 150 years since the
publication of “On the origin of species”
Associate Professor Thomas Suddendorf, School of Psychology,The
University of Queensland
How did the human mind evolve? Ever since Darwin, this has been one of
the greatest puzzles in science. Since minds do not fossilize,
scholars are often looking at our closest surviving relatives for
clues. What mental capacities do we share with other apes, what sets
us apart and how did this gap come about? This presentation reviews
recent research on selected cognitive abilities in apes and discusses
how these results can help us reconstruct the evolution of the human
* Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
* Venue: Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall
* Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies
following the talk, and Thomas will be available to answer any
* Questions? Contact Lynelle (l.ross at smp.uq.edu.au)
Thomas Suddendorf was born and raised in Germany but spend most of his
adult life further South. He completed his Ph.D. in 1998 under
supervision of Prof. Michael Corballis at the University of Auckland
before taking up a position at The University of Queensland where he
is currently Reader in the School of Psychology.
His research interests include the cognitive abilities of primates and
young children, and the evolution of the human mind. Of particular
interest to him are representational capacities such as those related
to understanding of self, time and mind.
Recent publications include ‘The evolution of foresight’ with Michael
Corballis (Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2007); ‘Do chimpanzees (Pan
Troglodytes) and two-year-old children (Homo Sapiens) understand
double invisible displacement?’ with Emma Collier-Baker (Journal of
Comparative Psychology, 2006); ‘Self-recognition beyond the face’ with
Virginia Slaughter and Mark Nielsen (Child Development, 2006), and
‘Foresight and evolution of the human mind’ (Science, 2006).
He recently received the Early Career Award of the Academy of the
Social Sciences in Australia and the Frank A. Beach Award of the
American Psychological Association.
This event is free and open to all. No RSVP necessary
20 July Dr Jesse Shore - Living at the speed of light
17 August - INTECOL 09 International Ecology Panel Discussion. The
10th International Congress of Ecology (www.intecol10.org/) is to be
held in Brisbane from 16 - 21 August 2009. In conjunction with INTECOL
we will be hosting a Public lecture & panel discussion focused on
Urban Ecology, sustainable urban planning and development and the
responsibility of ecologists in securing our future.
* Professor Cliff Dorse from City of Cape Town South Africa
* Dr Mark McDonnell - Director, Australian Research Centre for Urban
* Dr Darryl Jones - Director, Centre for Innovation Conservation
Strategies, Griffith University
* Prof. Hugh Possingham - Director, The Ecology Centre, The University
of Queensland as MC
September (Date to be confirmed) - Our Annual Brisbane Writers
12 October - Dr Michael Murphy from Swinburne University - Topic to be
November - Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr Rod
Rietze from Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland
will be unable to present to BrisScience. We will let you know as soon
as we have confirmed another speaker.
OTHER SCIENCE EVENTS
-- Tuesday 23 June - ANZAAS (Australian and New Zealand Association
for the Advancement of Science) will launch the Queensland Division in
an evening with Peter Andrews, Queensland Chief Scientist. Professor
Andrews will give an address on Futureproofing Priorities: the role of
science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in meeting
the challenges ahead.
6 pm - 8 pm Steele Building (Building 3), Room 206, The University of
Queensland. All are welcome. Stay for nibbles and drinks and learn
more about ANZAAS!
Please RSVP to j.mergard at uq.edu.au or by phone 0425 359 068. (By June
-- Tuesday 30 June - Junior Physics Olympiad Forum. Presented by
Professor Andrew White. Parnell Building Room 222 from 6 pm.
-- Thursday 2 July - Junior Physics OLympiad Forum. Presented by Dr
Joel Gilmore. Parnell Building Room 222 from 6 pm.
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