Does Culture Drive Human Evolution?

Gaia Vince in conversation with Maureen Kennelly

Does Culture Drive Human Evolution? Gaia Vince thinks it does. She claims that four evolutionary drivers – Fire, Language, Beauty and Time – are further transforming our species into a superorganism, a hyper–cooperative mass of humanity that she calls Homo omnis, or ’Homni’.

Drawing on cutting–edge advances in population genetics, archaeology, palaeontology and neuroscience, her book Transcendence compels us to reimagine ourselves, showing us to be on the brink of something grander – and potentially more destructive.

To think of humans as a smarter sort of chimp with cool tools is to miss what is truly extraordinary about us.

In this video, Gaia Vince, author of Transcendence and Adventures in the Anthropocene is joined in conversation with Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council of Ireland.

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