Human Evolution: When Ancient Minds & the 21st Century Collide

Human Evolution: When Ancient Minds & the 21st Century Collide is a live four-week live, online 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.

Your Instructor

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!

Class 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's Included

- Live online lectures.
- Live Q&A sessions with the instructor.
- Zoom breakout rooms for collaboration with other classmates.
- Downloadable pre-readings.
- Weekly homework tasks.
- Downloadable PDF summaries of the lectures and course.
- Lifetime access to the lecture recordings.
- A certificate of completion.
- The opportunity to make new intellectually curious friends.



I’ve done two courses now, highly recommend. The teachers are knowledgeable, it’s the right amount of content before and during class.

Great to connect with likeminded people.


I’ve taken multiple Think Inc Academy courses and they have all been brilliant!

The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and the small class sizes allow for lively discussion with friendly classmates.

I highly recommend these courses to help get your head around the big questions that face us all!