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Prof Marlene Zuk: Paleofantasy: have humans ever lived 'naturally'?

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Location:

New Law Auditorium 101, New Law Building, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

2018 public lecture
Paleofantasy: have humans ever lived 'naturally'?

Was there ever a time when humans lived entirely healthily and 'naturally'? We have a popular notion of how humans lived eons ago that we use to explain why many elements of our modern lives, from the food we eat to the way we raise our children, seem distant from what nature intended.

But is this all just a paleofantasy?

Professor Marlene Zuk, from the University of Minnesota, USA, will explore whether our bodies and brains are at odds with contemporary life, at the 2018 Murray Lecture.

She examines whether we would be better off going back to the way things used to be before the rapid changes in agriculture and lifestyle brought us diseases such as diabetes and obesity. She will also ask if human beings in modern society have freed themselves from evolution, and explain why there was never a time when our bodies, minds and behaviour were in synch with the environment.

Register here: https://science-comms.sydney.edu.au/link/id/zzzz5ba434ebd78bb914/regform?evuid=zzzz5b989edd49491731