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May
31
Thu
Geoffrey Harrison Prize Lecture 2018
May 31 all-day

International Call for Nominations: Geoffrey Harrison Prize Lecture 2018

The Parkes Foundation invites nominations for the 2018 Geoffrey Harrison Prize Lecture on human/biosocial sciences

The lecture is awarded annually in Geoffrey Harrison’s honour to persons who have made a substantial and sustained contribution to the study of the human biology of living populations and especially biosocial sciences.

Nominations and self-nominations are welcome and must be accompanied by a CV of no more than two A4 pages (set in Arial font size 12). Please submit nominations via email to Mrs Caroline Edgley ([email protected]).

The closing date for nominations is Thursday 31st May 2018 and the lecture will take place on Friday 9th November 2018 followed by a drinks reception at the Natural History Museum in Oxford. The Parkes Foundation will contribute to travel and accommodation of the speaker.

Jun
1
Fri
Imagination and Human Origins Webcast
Jun 1 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join the live webcast! “Imagination and Human Origins” is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Friday, June 1st (1:00 – 5:30 pm PT), co-chaired by Sheldon Brown (UC San Diego) and Alysson Muotri (UC SanDiego)

Try to remember the first time in your life when you imagined something.  It may have been imagining what was behind the door or under the bed, or a fantastic universe of wonders and exciting adventure.  As children, our imaginations are furtive and encouraged as ways in which we develop our cognitive capabilities. As we grow older, we may not imagine these territories in quite the same manner, but we continue to heavily use and depend on our imagination in our daily lives, imagining different situations that might occur in a few moments or in a few years.  Thus, we actually spend a large amount of time in our own particular universe imagining many possible different ones.  Why we do this and how this capacity evolved during evolution?  Imagination probably helped our ancestors to be successful in making decisions and live in complex societies. Imagination is key to advancing technology.

In this CARTA meeting, we plan to explore imagination as a unique/enhanced human ability.  We will discuss the impact of human imagination in sciences and arts, the evolutionary origins, the consequences of imagination impairment and the fundamental genetic and neurological basis of human imagination.

Access the live webcast here on June 1: https://carta.anthropogeny.org/events/imagination-and-human-origins