[ASC-list] CAFÉ SCIENTIFIC: Manthropology - the science of the inadequate modern male (QLD)

Sarah Cole sarah.m.cole at gmail.com
Thu Apr 29 00:22:17 UTC 2010

*CAFÉ SCIENTIFIC :  Manthropology - the science of the inadequate modern

A debate about whether today’s modern man measure’s up to men of the distant
past has been organised by The University of Queensland and ABC Science for
its Cafe Scientific event in Brisbane next week (5 May).

Is modern man evolution’s greatest mistake? Why do we fail to measure up to
men of the distant past?  Could your husband, brother or father be the worst
man in history? University of Queensland alumnus and anthropologist Peter
McAllister claims that today’s man isn’t a patch on what he once was: that
despite his huge brain, the modern bloke fails to measure up physically,
creatively and emotionally with men of the distant past.  Peter, who  is the
author of ‘Manthropology: the science of the inadequate modern male’,
gathered evidence from archaeology, evolutionary psychology and ancient
history to confirm the unpleasant truth: modern man is sadly inadequate.

Join Peter and other experts  for a lively debate on this issue and discover
why ancient men were smarter and stronger, and what the future holds for
this once-mighty gender.

Presented by UQ Science to celebrate The University of Queensland’s
Centenary, the debate will also feature Professor David Lambert,  Dr Mark
Neilsen and Bernie Hobbs from ABC TV’s New Inventors.

·         Professor David Lambert is a UQ science alumnus and an
internationally recognised evolutionary biologist at Griffith University.
Professor Lambert specialises in the study of species and speciation theory,
the nature of Darwinian biology, and ancient DNA.

·         Dr Mark Neilsen is a senior lecturer at UQ School of Psychology.
He studies the social learning processes of young children and primates to
try and understand the origins and evolution of human culture.

·         Bernie Hobbs is a science broadcaster, environmentalist and a
judge on the ABC’s New Inventors program and was originally a Queenslander.

The bar will be open, so come down for a drink and a chat with some
anthropologists, evolutionary biologists and science enthusiasts.

*The debate will be held at The Irish Club, 175 Elizabeth St, Brisbane on
Wednesday,  5 May, 7pm–9pm. FREE ENTRY*

*Inquiries - Jackie Mergard at UQ Science: 07 3365 3634*
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