Avoiding Global Collapse: Public lecture series
Paul Ehrlich Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University and president of Stanford's Center for Conservation Biology
How a combination of cultural and genetic evolution has taken us to the brink
Can we evolve our way out of it?
Renowned ecologist Paul Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University and president of Stanford’s Centre for Conservation Biology. Professor Ehrlich will discuss the ongoing legacy of Allan Wilson in establishing humanity’s place in the natural world, and in the growing importance of understanding cultural evolution in influencing how Homo sapiens are changing that world and its own life-support systems. He will explain how the two kinds of evolution have interacted to create the human predicament - the imminent threat of a collapse of civilization. He will then discuss the evolutionary steps necessary to avoid that dénouement.
Hamilton, Wed 23 Oct, 6.30pm Palmerston North, Thurs 24 Oct, 6.30pm Auckland, Tue 29 Oct, 6.15pm Wellington, Wed 30 Oct, 6.00pm Christchurch, Thurs 31 Oct, 6.30pm Dunedin, Fri 1 Nov, 6.30pm