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We’ve all descended from a common ancestor, but, as Homo sapiens, we no longer brachiate through trees and have long abandoned our stone tools for iPods. Evolution has shaped us into the big-brained, bipedal, text-messaging specimens we are today. But it didn’t happened without a lot of pressure. We’ll look at some of the forces that have driven human evolution – from the snake-phobia that sharpened our eyesight, to the anger-management that was a prerequisite for civilization.
Also, how your Blackberry may be changing the brains of future generations. And, are we engineering our own successors through robotics?
- Lynne Isbell – anthropologist, University of California, Davis
- Timothy Taylor – archeologist, the University of Bradford in the U.K.
- Nicholas Wade – science writer, New York Times, author of Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
- Lee Gutkind – author of Almost Human: Making Robots Think