Nobel Part I

Posted on October 10th, 2008 by

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this past week, Gustavus hosted the 44th annual Nobel Conference. This years conference was titled Who Were the First Humans? The Conference explored the full range of recent evidence about the first modern humans and what we may stand to learn from them about surviving the global challenges we face as a species today.

This year, six renowned speakers from a variety of fields presented relevant lectures to the conference audience. The speakers were Robin Dunbar, Marcus Feldman, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Curtis Marean, Svante Paabo, and Dennis Stanford.

I especially enjoyed the lecture given by Robin Dunbar (pictured right). He briefly touched upon what makes humans unique from a biological and social perspective. It was Fascinating!

The Nobel Conference is wonderful because it is challenging intellectually, and because it is a unique resource for cutting edge scientific information and debate.

 

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