Sex, Genes & Rock 'N' Roll

How Evolution Shaped the Modern World

About the Course

Evolution is perhaps the most fundamental idea in science. In fact, acclaimed philosopher Daniel Dennett calls it “the single best idea anyone has ever had”.

But few appreciate its importance. Most of us don’t study evolution beyond our high school biology class, which leaves us with an elementary (and outdated) understanding of this profound idea.

To remedy this problem, we created Sex, Genes & Rock’ n’ Roll: How Evolution Shaped the Modern World, a four-week live and online course that will get you up to speed.

With guidance from a leading evolutionary biologist, as well as a community of like-minded peers, we’ll dive deep into the theory of evolution. We’ll explore how it shapes age-old human tendencies—such as sex and violence—and also modern phenomena—such as obesity and life extension. And we’ll discuss what this all means for the human condition.

If you want to better understand “the single best idea anyone has ever had”, then this is the perfect course for you.

About the Course

Evolution is perhaps the most fundamental idea in science. In fact, acclaimed philosopher Daniel Dennett calls it “the single best idea anyone has ever had”.

But few appreciate its importance. Most of us don’t study evolution beyond our high school biology class, which leaves us with an elementary (and outdated) understanding of this profound idea.

To remedy this problem, we created Sex, Genes & Rock’ n’ Roll: How Evolution Shaped the Modern World, a four-week live and online course that will get you up to speed.

With guidance from a leading evolutionary biologist, as well as a community of like-minded peers, we’ll dive deep into the theory of evolution. We’ll explore how it shapes age-old human tendencies—such as sex and violence—and also modern phenomena—such as obesity and life extension. And we’ll discuss what this all means for the human condition.

If you want to better understand “the single best idea anyone has ever had”, then this is the perfect course for you.

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.

Discussion spaces are available via private Facebook groups.

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

Course dates

February 2022

Class Dates

All classes run from 6.00 PM AEDT to 7.30 PM AEDT
• Week 1: Thu 3 February, 2022
• Week 2: Thu 10 February, 2022
• Week 3: Thu 17 February, 2022
• Week 4: Thu 24 February, 2022

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