“Charles Darwin showed that natural selection shaped our bodies. The notion that natural selection also shaped our minds had a long dawn. In 1989 an extended workshop at the Stanford Centre for Advanced Studies poured rocket fuel on the idea that psychology should be integrated with evolutionary theory. A functional approach to understanding human mental traits had emerged. At the same time, new findings concerning human intelligence were emerging from an intellectual tradition fathered by Darwin’s cousin Francis Galton. I will discuss some empirical work in the context of the two traditions, Darwinian and Galtonian, and show that sex differences in intelligence are anticipated by the theory of evolution and why brainy is often sexy.”
Dr Rosalind Arden will be joining us at 7.30pm on Thursday 3rd December 2015 at The Bell (near Liverpool Street Station) to speak about “Why Brainy is the New Sexy”.
Rosalind is a research fellow at London School of Economics and specialises in intelligence and evolutionary psychology research.
The talk will follow our usual format: approximately 45 minutes presentation followed by a 30 minute break to top up drinks at the bar and use facilities then we will return for a Q&A session when the speaker will respond to questions from the audience. All of our events are open to the public and academics alike- Tickets are £4 online there may be tickets available on the night but these will be £5 on the door. If you have any difficulty paying online or any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!