Sex, Genes & Rock 'N' Roll

How Evolution Shaped the Modern World

About the Course

Sex, Genes, & Rock ‘N’ Roll: How Evolution Shaped the Modern World 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.

If you want to better understand the causes of – and solutions to – some of modernity’s biggest challenges, then this is the perfect course for you!

About the Course

Sex, Genes, & Rock ‘N’ Roll: How Evolution Shaped the Modern World 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.

If you want to better understand the causes of – and solutions to – some of modernity’s biggest challenges, 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.

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!

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?

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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