ATOM Festival Event:

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Professor Charles Pasternak: What Makes Us Human?

Man's unique behaviour is best explained by an apparent paradox. Man's actions depend on the one hand on a fundamental quality of all living organisms - the tendency to search - and on the other hand on a combination of human attributes that enable him to search more intensely than any other creature: to search for answers as well as for objects, to search out of curiosity as well as need. Human attributes do not depend on typically human genes: they result from genes that are common to man and his closest relative, the chimpanzee. It is merely a few mutations within such genes that have enabled the one to dominate the globe, the other to be in danger of extinction. Where will human quest lead man over the next 100 years, over the next million? Will it lead to his own destruction?

Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 8pm at Larkmead School


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