Thursday, January 25, 2024
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Yale University Humanities Quadrangle
320 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Open To: General Public
A conversation with Gary Tomlinson about his book The Machines of Evolution and the Scope of Meaning with Pauline LeVen (Classics), Paul North (Germanic Languages and Literatures), and Joanna Radin (History of Medicine).
“The Machines of Evolution and the Scope of Meaning is an important reflection on evolutionary theory, offering a radically new perspective on the transition from biological to cultural evolution as a process involving the emergence of signing as a critical intermediate process. Brilliantly argued, it brings together recent scientific findings about animal behavior with the humanities’ exploration of the sphere of meaning from Hegel via Peirce to Deleuze. After A Million Years of Music and Culture and the Course of Human Evolution, this book is another milestone in establishing an extended concept of evolution.” — Jürgen Renn, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and author of The Evolution of Knowledge: Rethinking Science for the Anthropocene and Manfred Laubichler, Global Futures Professor of Theoretical Biology at Arizona State University