29.7.10

The Artificial Ape: How Technology Changed the Course of Human Evolution - by Dr Timothy Taylor

2pm-4pm, Sat 11th Sept, 2010.

Room 414, 4th floor, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX.

About the talk:

There are seven species of great ape on the planet. How did the weakest ape come out on top?

With breathtaking scope and depth, archaeologist and prehistorian Timothy Taylor presents a new and much-needed theory of technology. It not only turns Darwinian theory on its head, but also argues that (alongside physics and biology) it is the human relationship with artifice that has as powerfully framed and formed human evolution.

About the speaker:

Timothy Taylor, MA PhD FSA FRSA, is currently Reader in Archaeology at the University of Bradford. He is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of World Prehistory.

Taylor is known for his closely reasoned, wide-ranging, and provocative ideas, and for his ability to connect with general readers and viewers. He has an award winning track record in radio and television in UK, US and Canada on programmes including History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, BBC Timewatch.

Taylor is the author of The Prehistory of Sex: Four Million Years of Human Sexual Culture and The Buried Soul: How Humans Invented Death. His latest book, The Artificial Ape: How Technology Changed the Course of Human Evolution, is being published in September.

About the venue:

Room 414 is on the fourth floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

About the meeting:

There's no charge to attend, and everyone is welcome. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and to make comments.

Discussion will continue after the event, in a nearby pub, for those who are able to stay.

Why not join some of the Extrobritannia regulars for a drink and/or light lunch beforehand, any time after 12.30pm, in The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ. To find us, look out for a table where there's a copy of the book "The Artificial Ape" displayed.

5.7.10

Cryonics: Purpose, History, and Problems - A Scientific and Cultural Perspective

Ben Best, President of the Cryonics Institute

Date: Friday 23rd July
Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm

Venue: Room 415, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX

About this talk:

The presentation will begin by outlining the motivation and procedures for implementing cryonics, touching on social problems. This will be followed by a brief history of the cryonics movement. Then some of the technical and scientific challenges will be described. A question period will follow.

About the speaker:

Ben Best has been President of the Cryonics Institute since 2003 and has been a cryonics activist since the late 1980s, joining Alcor in 1991. He has written extensively about every aspect of life extension on his website www.benbest.com

About the venue:

Room 415 is on the fourth floor (via the lift near reception) in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations (map)