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World Renowned Evolutionary Biologist Comes to Loyola on Nov. 2

Loyola press release - October 16, 2000

(New Orleans)—Eminent biologist Paul R. Ehrlich, Ph.D., will give a lecture on "Human Natures and the Human Future" on November 2, 2000 at 8 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola University New Orleans. A booksigning will follow the free and public lecture, which is being sponsored in part by the Biever Guest Lecture Series.

In an engaging narrative spiced with personal anecdotes, Ehrlich will discuss genetic destiny and explore the debate of whether genes or environment determine our behaviors. He will discuss his new book, Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect, in which he explores the interplay between biological and cultural evolution in order to understand the evolutionary history and future. Ehrlich believes it is our total evolutionary history rather than just our genetic heritage that influences and determines human behavior.

Some of the topics Ehrlich will cover in his lecture are how culture and history have influenced the evolution of humankind, the role environment has played in evolution, why and how our ancestors developed religion, art, agriculture, writing, and political states, and the debates over the sources of human values.

Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. He has written hundreds of scientific papers and several books including The Population Bomb and Betrayal of Science and Reason. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of the Crafoord Prize and the Blue Planet Prize.