Griffith University Skeptics and Freethinkers

The Great Leap Forward: The Evolution of Human Creativity and Language.

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2008 at 10:57 PM

Having survived the doomsday that was the LHC going online, our next talk on 17/09/08 will be

The Great Leap Forward: The Evolution of Human Creativity and Language.

When did we first begin to become the creative, inventive, conscious species we now are and what triggered that event?

Where did culture as we know it come from and where is it going?

What ever happened to all those Neanderthals?

We will also be presenting a lecture given as part of the Caltech Distinguished Lecture Series presented by the Skeptic Society in the USA. Dr. Jared Diamond, physiologist at the UCLA Medical School and author of the best selling The Third Chimpanzee and Guns, Germs, and Steel, presents his controversial theory that it was language that triggered the “Great Leap Forward” about 35,000 years ago that led to human culture and set us apart from Neanderthals, who went extinct shortly thereafter.

This meeting we will feature the video first followed by discussion

Should be a really interesting night and I hope you can all make it and as always feel free to bring anyone who might be interested.

As always we meet at 6pm in room 1.14 of the G23 Multi-media Building and snacks will be provided again of course!

Also don’t forget anyone is welcome to contribute to our facebook page at

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6117798570

and meet our international supporters and our new meet-up page at http://skeptics.meetup.com/185/ which will hopefully open up our group to the broader community.

Hope to see you Wednesday,

Jayson D Cooke

GU Skeptics and Freethinkers.

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  1. What was the concensus on Dr Jared Diamond’s theory?

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