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Origins: Order vs. Chaos

October 27, 2017, 4:00 PM


Assistant Professor of Biology Josh Martin studies the mechanisms of some “higher” level functions of brains (attention, motivation) in some of the “lower” animals (moths, cockroaches, mantises). Our human brains are clearly special: we have evolved speech, culture, dance, language, song. Is the origin of our human brain special, or do these abilities that make us human share a common history with other mammals? Or flies? Or worms? We’ll talk about some of the recent discoveries and controversies about the origin(s) of brains and what this knowledge may tell us about human behavior.

Location: Room 100, Lovejoy Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville.

Contact: Megan Fossa, mefossa@colby.edu, 859-4165.


October 27, 2017
4:00 PM


Hobby Lobby
130 Elm Plaza
Waterville, ME
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