How Humans Came to Construct Their Worlds

Event Date (Pacific Time): 
Friday, Oct 11, 2024 - 1:00pm to 5:30pm

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Event Chairs:

Michael Arbib, University of California, San Diego
Ricarda Braun, Free University of Berlin

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Access to the live webcast for this symposium will be provided here on Friday, October 11 starting at 1:00 PM (Pacific Time).

At a global level, Homo sapiens have reshaped the planet Earth to such an extent that we now talk of a new geological age, the Anthropocene. But each of us shapes our own worlds, physically, symbolically, and in the worlds of imagination. This symposium focuses especially on one form of construction, the construction of buildings, while stressing that such construction is ever shaped by diverse factors from landscape to culture and the construction of history embodied in it - and more. After a brief look at birds building their nests as an example of variation on a species-specific Bauplan, we sample a broad sweep of cultural evolution and niche construction from the earliest stone tools of Neanderthals and Homo sapiens through the Neolithic and the rise of cities to the formal and informal architecture of the present day. Finally, we explore the ways artificial intelligence may further change how humans construct their mental and physical worlds.

Learn more about the celebrated design of our venue, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, itself a marvel of human construction.


Registration Deadline: Friday, October 11, 2024 at 5:30 PM

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