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Claudio Tennie

When?
Wednesday, August 12 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

Who?
Claudio Tennie

What's the talk about?

Imagine a different world where you are a chimpanzee male taking a train from Birmingham to London. The minute you arrive you see some local chimpanzees. What would happen next? They would attack and kill you. Luckily we do not live in such a world and are thus usually spared such a fate. This is just normal to us and so we fail to realise what a big deal it actually is not to have to avoid strangers (at fear of death!). Roughly speaking the defult position of humans is to cooperate.
 
But how different are these close relatives of ours? Across groups chimpanzees are motivated by competitive forces but there is the possibility that they are cooperative - maybe even to a similar degree as us humans - when it comes to their own group.
 
During the evening we will explore the behaviour of these fascinating apes and discuss the evolutionary functions of competition and cooperation and how they may apply to us.
 
Claudio Tennie is a Birmingham Fellow (research-focused lecturer) in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Originally trained as an ethologist he started to become a comparative psychologist around 2001, when he began to be supervised by two of the leaders of this field (Michael Tomasello and Josep Call). Claudio's research includes studies on human children and non-human great apes. Ultimately, he aims to detect the evolutionary roots of human culture and cooperation. In the world of science, there are some who believe everything at first sight, and then there are others. Claudio is of the latter type.

Suw Charman-Anderson

When?
Wednesday, October 7 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
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Who?
Suw Charman-Anderson

What's the talk about?

Please Note - This is not our usual second Wednesday!

 

In 2009, Suw Charman-Anderson founded of Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. With grassroots events held around the world and thousands of people writing and talking about the women who have inspired them, the day seeks to raise women's profiles and highlight unsung heroines.

Suw will talk about why there's a need for such a day, and also about Ada Lovelace herself. Lauded as the first ever computer programmer, Ada was a gifted mathematician, yet today she faces challenges from many voices as to the veracity of her contributions to computer science. So who was Ada? And what do we know about her work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine?

Suw is a social technologist and, as one of the UK's social media pioneers, has worked with clients worldwide. A freelance journalist, she has written about social media and technology for The Guardian, CIO Magazine and others.

Learn more about Ada Lovelace Day, 13 October 2015, at www.findingada.com or follow the team on Twitter at @findingada. Suw's blog is at www.chocolateandvodka.com and you can follow her on Twitter as @suw.

 

This is a free event, although donations to help fund Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £2, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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