In 1871, Charles Darwin published The Descent of Man, a companion to Origin of Species in which he attempted to explain human evolution, a topic he called “the highest and most interesting problem for the naturalist.” A Most Interesting Problem brings together twelve world-class scholars and science communicators to investigate what Darwin got right—and what he got wrong—about the origin, history, and biological variation of humans. We are pleased to invite you to a conversation between the contributing editor and two other contributing scholars.
A Most Interesting Problem draws on the latest discoveries in fields such as genetics, paleontology, bioarchaeology, anthropology, and primatology. The book is a testament to how scientific ideas are tested and how evidence helps to structure our narratives about human origins, showing how some of Darwin’s ideas have withstood more than a century of scrutiny while others have not. The speakers at our event will tackle the very subjects Darwin explores in Descent of Man, including the evidence for human evolution, our place in the family tree, the origins of civilization, human races, and sex differences.
Jeremy DeSilva is associate professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College.
Holly Dunsworth is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Rhode Island.
Augustin Fuentes is Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. His acclaimed books include Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being, The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional; and Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You.