The Story of Us

RSA Event


Durham Street Auditorium, RSA House

  • Communities
  • Cognition
  • Environment
  • Science

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Our collective culture made humans the most successful species on planet Earth. Are we now on the brink of something even greater – or potentially more destructive?

Award-winning author and broadcaster Gaia Vince draws on the latest research from a range of scientific fields to show how humans have evolved – and are still evolving. Meanwhile, our closest living relatives, the now-endangered chimpanzees, continue to live as they have for millions of years. So, what made us different?

In her new book Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time, Vince tells the story of how genes, culture and environment combined to enable humans to become a planet-altering force of nature with a unique power to determine our destiny.

Join Gaia Vince at the RSA for a new perspective on the science of our human history and the astonishing advances we’ve made through hyper-cooperation - and a provocative look at how we might adapt in the future. 

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