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13:15 - 13:55 17 November 2011

Lunch Hour Lecture: Against nature? Homosexuality and evolution

Location

Darwin Lecture Theatre - accessed vial Malet Place | Darwin Building (link Map)
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free and open to anyone on a first-come first-served basis. Lectures are also streamed live online or can be downloaded after the event.
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Volker Sommer, UCL Anthropology

Same-sex sexual behaviour is often condemned on the grounds that it is "against nature". Indeed, biology tells us that selection favours those who leave more offspring. But then, homosexual behaviour is widespread - not only amongst humans, but other animals alike, be they flamingos, gorillas, dolphins or bisons. Doesn't this constitute a paradox for Darwinian theory? And is there a connection between what goes on in nature and what is morally desirable? This talk will address these controversial topics.


Contact

Dan Martin
020 3108 3840 | dan.martin@ucl.ac.uk


Links

Click here to watch this lecture streamed live at 1.15pm on the day


Evolution - Charles Darwin