January 18, 2016 at The Admiral Bar in Glasgow.
A court in America recently ruled that chimpanzees should be regarded as ‘persons’, giving them basic human rights.
But with rights come responsibilities. Could a chimp ever be guilty of a human crime?
In this talk, we will examine what we know about the mental abilities of our closest evolutionary cousins, what we still have to find out and why researchers continue to draw different conclusions from similar data. By exploring this research we’ll ask: should chimps have human rights? Could a chimp commit a human wrong?
Lewis Dean is a primatologist interested in the evolution of human culture and cognition. By examining how different primate species (including chimps, capuchin monkeys, lemurs and humans) solve puzzles and learn new skills he seeks to shed light on why it is that while other species seem to have rudimentary traditions, humans have a such complex culture.
“an exceptionally intriguing lecturer” **** (Broadway Baby review of recent talk at the Edinburgh Fringe)
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.
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Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.