Designing Healthy Behaviour

Whilst our brains were designed by evolution to produce behaviour that was good for our ancestors, in today’s world we use addictive  substances, eat too much, exercise too little and leave ourselves prey  to ancient and emerging infections. To change such behaviours we need to understand the evolved causes of behaviour motives and habits in […]

How Does Natural Selection Favour Self-Deception?

If being confident has ever won you a job interview, or if you’ve ever accidentally stolen a pen from a friend, you might have evolution to thank or blame.

Skeletons in the Closet: The Grant Museum

Continuing the Hunterian Museum’s Lunchtime Lecture series is this talk by Jack Ashby, Museum Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London. The Grant Museum is one of the country’s oldest and best stocked natural history museums. Jack will tell its eclectic history, discussing both the highs ( museum’s controversial founder Robert Grant […]

‘Evolution and atheism: best friends forever?’, with Jerry Coyne | The Darwin Day Lecture 2016

The Darwin Day Lecture 2016 will be delivered by Professor Coyne, and chaired by Professor Richard Dawkins. About Jerry Coyne Jerry A. Coyne, Ph.D is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and a member of both the Committee on Genetics and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology. Coyne received a […]

Alfred Russel Wallace: The great evolutionary theorist

Our understanding of evolution via natural selection was not pioneered by just one person. A tribute to the remarkable Alfred Russel Wallace.

Cuckoos and their victims: An evolutionary arms race

The sight of a little warbler feeding an enormous cuckoo chick has astonished observers since ancient times. It was once thought that cuckoos were unable to raise their own young because of defective anatomy and behaviour, and so other birds were only too delighted to help them. This quaint view was overturned by Darwin, who suggested that the cuckoos’ parasitic habits were advantageous and that their host species were tricked.

Convergence: Information, evolution, and intelligent design

The concept of information is fundamental to all areas of science, and ubiquitous in daily life in the Internet Age. However, it is still not well understood despite being recognised for more than 40 years. In this talk, Daniel Dennett will explore steps towards a unified theory of information, through common threads in evolution, learning, and engineering.

Love is in the air

In the first online-only feature from I, Science Issue 30, Jess Norris finds out how our genes and environment – and our smell – affect who we fall in love with