Bath NATS - Darwin's Other Dangerous Idea

05 February 2019



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Darwin's name is almost synonymous with biological evolution and a materialistic worldview in popular thinking, but his own journey to an uneasy atheism was a complex and interesting one. In this talk I will consider some of the milestones on that journey. Matthew Wills was a student and postdoc in Bristol, spent a year working with Doug Erwin at the Smithsonian, and was for two years an Assistant Curator at the Oxford University Museum. He moved to Bath in 2000, where he is now Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology and Deputy Director of the Milner Centre for Evolution. His interests include macroevolutionary patterns and trends, particularly the manner in which groups rapidly explore their morphological ‘design’ options.

Professor Matthew Wills,