May 11, Scott Solomon

Human Evolution in the 21st Century and Beyond

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What is the future of human evolution? Once considered the exclusive domain of science fiction, recent scientific advances now make it possible to combine knowledge of our past with recent trends to make meaningful predictions about our evolutionary future. Evolutionary biologist Scott Solomon draws on the explosion of discoveries in recent years to examine how modernization—including longer lifespans, changing diets, global travel, and widespread use of medicine and contraceptives— is affecting our ongoing evolution. Surprising insights, on topics ranging from the rise of online dating and Cesarean sections to the spread of diseases such as Ebola and Zika, suggest that we are entering a new phase in human evolutionary history—one that makes the future less predictable and more interesting than ever before.

Bio: Scott Solomon is the author of the new book, Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution (Yale University Press, 2016).  He earned his Ph.D. from UT-Austin in 2007 and is now a Professor in the Department of BioSciences at Rice University in Houston, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. The talk will be held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703.

Note (5/11/17): There will be a talk tonight, rain or shine! If necessary, we will move inside the field station.

Here’s the schedule for this month’s event:

  • 7:15pm – Snacks, natural history displays, and activities designed for kids of all ages will be available!
  • 7:30-7:50pm – Guided tours of BFL may be offered, dependent on weather and light conditions (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!
  • 8:00pm-8:45pm – Settle in to hear the talk!

4 responses to “May 11, Scott Solomon”

  1. Adrienne Arroyo says :

    Hello! Not sure if this will reach someone, but when I try to share this URL with my team on Slack, the description that comes up is still that of the invasive species talk. Just an FYI in case that’s something you can change in settings for the page.

    From: Science Under The Stars
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    Date: Friday, April 14, 2017 at 4:01 PM
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    Subject: [New post] May 11, Scott Solomon

    Emma Dietrich posted: “Human Evolution in the 21st Century and Beyond What is the future of human evolution? Once considered the exclusive domain of science fiction, recent scientific advances now make it possible to combine knowledge of our past with recent trends to make me”

  2. MSue says :

    Please change my email address for notifications about the Science Under the Stars programs

    NEW EMAIL: mrose821@gmail.com

    Thank you!

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

  3. Emma Dietrich says :

    We can do that! You should also be able to click the “Sign me up” button on the right side of the page, to add your new e-mail to the listserv. We’ll add it anyway, just in case!

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