The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) hosts the community lecture, “The Urban Species: How Domesticated Humans Evolved” with Annalee Newitz, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
While the lectures are still free, seating is limited and ticket reservations are required. Get tickets here.
Modern humans are building megacities – and networks of megacities – at an unprecedented scale. Annalee Newitz compares today’s urbanization phenonmenon to that of the Neolithic period roughly 9,000 years ago, when humans first began living in sedentary communities. That shift prompted massive social, biological, and technological changes, creating the first “domesticated” humans. Using history as a guide, Newitz explores the evolutionary upheaval that modern humans may have set in motion, and what it might mean for us as a civilization.
Annalee Newitz is the technology culture editor at Ars Technica. She holds a PhD in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley. Her most recent book is Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction.
The speaker will be down the street at Collected Works (202 Galisteo St.) from 6-6:45 p.m. before the lecture signing books. Bring a copy or buy one there.
There will be time for just a few questions at the end of the lecture. Want to submit a question ahead of time? Please read thesearticles selected by Dr. Newitz and submit your question to firstname.lastname@example.org before the lecture: