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Lecture: Human Origins and the Emergence of a Distinctive Human Imagination

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Keynote speaker:
Wentzel van Huyssteen, James I. McCord Professor of Theology and Science Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary and an honorary professor at the University of Stellenbosch

Respondent:
Jennifer French, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at UCL Institute of Archaeology


One of the most remarkable traits of our species is our defining ability to think symbolically and perform symbolic actions. At the heart of this lies our remarkable ability for imagination, even religious imagination. We have always known that humans across the globe act religiously even as we disagree about religious doctrine, deities, practices or the nature of religious experiences.
This lecture will explore if there are evolutionary or historical answers to where this distinctive ability comes from. Can the emergence of religion and the human propensity for the religious in the long process of human evolution in any way be seen as a natural, normal occurrence?

This lecture, followed by a reception, is free and open to the public.


Human Distinctiveness: Wisdom's Deep Evolution

This lecture is embedded within a four-day interdisciplinary conference, Human Distinctiveness: Wisdom's Deep Evolution. The conference is hosted by the University of Notre Dame's Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing and will be held at the London Global Gateway on July 6-9, 2017.

The program includes two free public lectures: this one, and one on July 7, 'Evolution in the Minor Key' with Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen) and Karen Kilby (University of Durham).

Read more about 'Human Distinctiveness: Wisdom's Deep Evolution' and register for the full four-day pass.

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