Imagine... Science: Being Human - How Our Biology Shaped World History

31 May 2023 13:00 - 14:00 Hay Festival Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage £12

Lewis Dartnell talks to Robin Ince.

We are a wonder of evolution. Powerful yet dextrous, instinctive yet thoughtful, we are expert innovators. These abilities have created the civilisation we know today. However, we're also deeply flawed. Our bodies break, diseases thwart our boldest plans, our psychological biases have resulted in terrible decisions in war and peacetime.

This contradiction is the essence of what it means to be human says the astrobiologist and New Scientist contributor, Lewis Dartnell, whose earlier book Origins: How the Earth Shaped Human History, was described by historian Peter Frankopan as "a sweeping, brilliant overview of the history not only of our species but of the world". In his new title, he explores how our biology has shaped our relationships, societies, economies and wars.

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