Human Evolution

When Ancient Minds & the 21st Century Collide

About the Course

Human Evolution: When Ancient Minds & the 21st Century Collide is a live four-week course on evolution, the process that shaped the entire living world.

We’ll explore the story of humanity: our evolutionary past, our modern world, and our looming future. We’ll ask what happens when our evolved bodies and minds encounter abundant food, sexual liberation, social media, rampant inequality, life extension, and artificial intelligence.

By the end of this course, you’ll better understand the human condition and its relationship with modernity.

About the Course

Human Evolution: When Ancient Minds & the 21st Century Collide is a live four-week course on evolution, the process that shaped the entire living world.

We’ll explore the story of humanity: our evolutionary past, our modern world, and our looming future. We’ll ask what happens when our evolved bodies and minds encounter abundant food, sexual liberation, social media, rampant inequality, life extension, and artificial intelligence.

By the end of this course, you’ll better understand the human condition and its relationship with modernity.

About your instructor

Professor Rob Brooks

Professor Rob Brooks is an evolutionary biologist and founder of the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre at the UNSW. His research focuses on the evolutionary factors surrounding sex, diet, aging, and more.

Course structure

The course consists of four 90-minute classes and takes place in our virtual classroom over Zoom.

It is a live and interactive course, which features:

  • Assigned readings,
  • Live lectures,
  • Live Q&A sessions with the instructor,
  • and Zoom breakout rooms with your intellectually curious classmates.

Can’t make the live classes? No dramas! All lessons are recorded and accessible forever.

To maintain an optimal learning environment, classes are kept small — so be quick in securing your spot!

What You'll Learn

The Basics

How evolution works

Interaction

The interaction between our evolved environment and the modern world

Relations

How evolution relates to sexuality, inequality, obesity, and other issues

Condition

What this all means for the human condition

Lecture Schedule

Week 1: Improvement Algorithms

  • From Natural Selection to Machine Learning

Week 2: The Past Shapes the Future

  • From Obesity to Inequality to Social Media

Week 3: Why is Sex so Complicated and Why Technology Makes it More So?

Week 4: You Evolved to Get Old. What if You Want to Live Forever?

Course dates

November 2022

$299 | Class Dates

WEEK ONE Wed 2 Nov, 2022 6.00 - 7.30 PM AEDT
WEEK TWO Wed 9 Nov, 2022 6.00 - 7.30 PM AEDT
WEEK THREE Wed 16 Nov, 2022 6.00 - 7.30 PM AEDT
WEEK FOUR Wed 23 Nov, 2022 6.00 - 7.30 PM AEDT

Download a syllabus

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