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Darwin's Theory and the Cultural Sciences

University College London/University of Durham
Lecture Theatre E, Lecture Theatre Building, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK
8 September 2009 9.15am-12midday

An event at the British Science Festival addressing how Charles Darwin's theory of evolution can be used to examine past and present cultural change.

We inherit many behaviours, rituals, likes and dislikes from parents and friends, and call the most common and distinctive of these our 'culture'. Not only can our genes and our culture both be passed from generation to generation, but gene pools and cultures both evolve.

Topics addressed at this event will include:

  • The evolution of the human family;

  • evolutionary models of language competition;

  • Darwinian analysis of descent with modification in oral traditions;

  • fashion evolution - can Darwinism predict the next big fad?

The attendance fee is £5, or alternatively is covered by a British Science Festival weekly pass that costs £100. To register, use this online form or contact Kate Sinclair at or on +44 (0)20 7019 4947. Further details of the weekly pass option are available here.

Further details of this event are available on the British Science Festival website.