The fourth talk in our "International Primatology Lectures on Past, Present and Future Perspectives of the Field" showcases the discoveries - often accidental - of Professor Robin Dunbar!
Prof. Dunbar is behind some key scientific ideas, such as the Social Brain Hypothesis - which has had ample success in explaining the distribution of higher forms of cognition across the animal kingdom - and Dunbar’s number, the iconic idea that there is a numerical cap on the number of relationships we can realistically maintain at any given time in our lives.
During the talk, he explains the origins of these ideas and their origins in his own fieldwork on primates and ungulates, as well as some accidental collaborations with people from a wide range of other disciplines.
Join us for Prof. Dunbar's talk, entitled "How the social brain evolved".
LiveStream on the CICASP YouTube Channel
Here's a screenshot from our event!
For more information about Prof. Robin Dunbar, visit his Wikipedia page.
In this lecture series, we explore various origin stories as told by famed members of our primatology comunity. All lectures are held in a private Zoom community and live streamed to our CICASP YouTube Channel.
Unlike most academic lectures, which are usually focused on testing scientific hypotheses, this series is designed to offer a feel for how one becomes a professional in the field of primatology. In a way, we might think of it as a career primer for young primatologists just starting their own journeys into the nether regions of Academia. At the same time, anyone might enjoy the stories told of big dreams, exotic locations and species, and the humanity inherent in forging a new path in life and in work.
In addition to Professor Vernon Reynolds, we have also lined up other enticing speakers for future lectures, including Dr. Elisabetta Visalberghi, Dr. Karen Strier, Dr. John Mitani, and many more!