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13:15 - 13:55 4 March 2010
LUNCH HOUR LECTURE: Love, death and the pursuit of happiness: How evolution invented Hollywood
Darwin Lecture Theatre - accessed via Malet Place |
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Admission: Free and open to anyone on a first-come first-served basis. Lectures can also be watched online or downloaded from UCL's iTunesU from 7 days after the event.
Professor John Galloway, UCL/UCLH Biomedical Research Centre & Eastman Dental Hospital
If Darwinian evolution made us, it seems no great step to supposing it also made our most treasured institutions. And what institution is more treasured than the great dream machine of Hollywood, with its stock-in-trade, both on and off set, of sexual attraction, love stories and happy endings - and those indispensable props to an aura of glamour, smoking, drinking and narcotics. Evolution is surely the ghost in that particular machine?
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