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Pau Carazo, Laboratory of Behaviour and Evolution, Unit of Ethology. Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology

What are the factors that shape our character, our intelligence or our personality? For decades, we have considered that evolution was and should be a theory externa to the study of man and his behaviour. Human beings have a series of mental faculties that have led us to develop a language, and with a culture that far exceeds that of any other species on the planet. From his hand, we have developed behaviour that apparently is completely disconnected from evolution. Literature, art, democratic societies, mathematics, science itself. The influence of culture on our behaviour is undoubted. However, we must never lose sight of the fact that these mental faculties, that each and every one of our behaviours, are manifestations of an organ, our brain, whose design and structure is the result of millions of years of evolution, such as the evolution of our lungs or our heart.

In this lecture, we will see how Darwinian theories of evolution have allowed us and are allowing us to study and explain aspects of our behaviour that we believed to be the exclusive fruit of our culture, such as our sense of beauty, our morals, or our ability for mathematics. We owe to Darwin a theory that is providing us with answers to some of the oldest and most important questions that we face as a species. Among them, what makes us human?

Brief Curriculum

Investigador Pau CarazoPau Carazo graduated from the Univesitat de València in 2005. He completed doctoral studies on the evolution and function of communication signals in this same university, studies that ended in 2010. In 2011, he won an award from the Australian government "Endeavour Award” to carry out a post-doctoral stay at the University of Macquarie (Sydney) studies the evolution of cognition in reptiles. In 2012, he moved to the University of Oxford with a European scholarship "Marie Curie", where he spent two and a half years studying the evolutionary interaction between sexual conflict and aging. In 2015, he got a “Ramón y Cajal” scholarship to return to the Universitat de València, where he currently runs his own research group.

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Estimulant les vocacions científiques is a project carried out by the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit of the Universitat de València, with the support of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology and the Ministry of Economics, Industry and Competitivity.

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