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Black Venus

  The last movie in our film series was the controversial Black Venus (Vénus Noire, 2010), by director Abdellatif Kechiche. The film is based on the life of Sara Baartman, a Khoikhoi woman, who was exhibited in early nineteenth-century in … Continue reading

The Elephant Man

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, director of the National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield, was in Cambridge on Wednesday to introduce David Lynch’s movie The Elephant Man.   Thanks to world-wide publicity, magnificence of performance and make-up, (the Academy was prompted to … Continue reading

‘Darwin and Human Nature’ Film Series

22—31 October 2012   at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse 38-39 St. Andrews Street Cambridge CB2 3AR   Booking on: 0871 902 5720 or online here   The Darwin Correspondence Project presents a season of four films that explore the political, social … Continue reading

Ticklish baby!

    Darwin had began to test his theory about expression in 1867 by gathering  information on emotional behaviour through a questionnaire, originally hand-written and later printed, which he sent to a variety of correspondents around the world ; Darwin’s … Continue reading

Reflections on a BBQ

  Our previous post blog post explored how curiosity and imitation could be unique human traits. But what helped us to evolve into the beings that exhibit these unique traits? A recent theory attributes our evolutionary success to, believe it … Continue reading

Ideas from Darwin & Human Nature Conference: Tim Crane on Human Uniqueness

  Imitating for curiosity’s sake: what makes us uniquely human?     Ever since Darwin’s day, scientists have been seeking an evolutionary explanation for what differentiates humans from apes.  Many suggestions have been made, ranging from our brains to our … Continue reading

Bless you, Blackley! Darwin inspires pioneering hay fever researcher

You may not have heard of Charles Harrison Blackley (1820—1900), but if you are one of the 15 million people in the UK who suffer from hay fever, you are indebted to him. For it was he who identified pollen … Continue reading

New Darwin and Emotions Resources

Darwin’s work on the expression of emotions began with observations he made on the Beagle voyage.  After almost 40 years of collecting data (including observations of his own children) and thinking about the conceptual issues, he originally intended it to … Continue reading

Darwin and Human Nature Conference – Cambridge, 19-20 April

We’re busy preparing for our Darwin and Human Nature Conference on 19 and 20 April 2012. It will be held at CRASSH (The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), University of Cambridge.   The conference will … Continue reading

Emotions and Interpretations: Responses to the Darwin Online Emotions Experiment

Thanks to all who took part in our online emotions experiment – over 18,000 of you! The formal stage of the experiment is now over, but it will be staying online as an activity, so if you don’t want to … Continue reading