The Baldev R. Bhussry Lecture: The Human Anatomy Series/The Brain: Culture and Evolution

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This lecture made possible by the Dr. Baldev R. Bhussry Memorial Fund
Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology

Georgetown University Medical Center
The Baldev R. Bhussry Lecture
The Human Anatomy Series/The Brain: Culture and Evolution

Brian Boyd, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Department of English
University of Auckland, New Zealand

The Story Mind
Why do we love fiction? How did evolution shape our minds to see the world innarrative terms, and to crave even stories we know to be untrue?Does fiction love us back: does it offer us benefits, or only distraction?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
4:00-5:00 pm
New Research Building Auditorium

A reception will follow

Please note that Prof. Boyd will give an additional lecture entitled Nabokov as Psychologist: Routes for Exploration, hosted by the Department of Slavic Languages, on March 29, Intercultural Center Rm. 462 (4th Floor Conference Room – west end), 4:15 PM.

BIOGRAPHY: Prof. Boyd is widely considered the world’s foremost expert on the life and works of Vladimir Nabokov. He will speak on a topic that integrates biomedical sciences and the humanities. His lecture is based on his recent book On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction, which examines the role of storytelling as adaptation, promoting social collaboration and shaping the human mind.