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Murray Lecture

Free public talks celebrating the life sciences
The Murray Lecture is named in honour of Professor Patrick Murray, who was Head of the School of Biological Sciences from 1949 until 1960.

The lectureship was established in 2006 following a bequest from Professor Patrick Murray in late 2005.

The lectureship aims to bring an internationally noted academic to the School of Life and Environmental Sciences to present public lectures, participate in workshops and provide mentoring for postgraduate students.

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

Presented by Professor Marlene Zuk, University of Minnesota, USA

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.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday 7 November 2018
Time: 6-7pm with reception following
Venue: New Law Auditorium 101, New Law Building, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Cost: Free
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Professor Marlene Zuk presenting at TED

About the speaker

Professor Marlene Zuk, from the University of Minesota, USA, works on sexual selection and mate choice in animals; animal communication; the effects of parasites on host ecology, evolution and behavior; and conflicts between natural and sexual selection.

She wrote the popular book 'Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live' in 2013.