ALLELE Lecture: Jay

Paul Bingham and Joanne Souza visited us from Stony Brook University in New York where they are both professors. In the lecture they gave us an insight into their new book Death from a Distance and the Birth of a Humane Universe: Human Evolution, Behavior, History, and Your Future. The lecture primarily consisted of an explanation as to how the human species separated from our primate ancestors millions of years ago and they predicted how the human species will evolve in years to come. They went on to describe that the human evolution was not complicated but rather simple actually. Humans seperated from our primate ancestors using social cohesion and living in groups. They justified this by using research of throwing stones from humans that were millions of years old. This allowed humans to further separate ourselves as a species and coerce our dominance over others.They showed clips of a monkey and cheetah using their natural instincts to get food and hunt prey, which was very interesting to me. Dr. Bingham was schooled as a microbiologist at Harvard and Ms. Souza is a clinical psychologist, diverse in their professions they teamed up to give us many different aspects of understanding from a microbiologist’s standpoint to one about culture.

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