Tuesday, July 8 2014 at 8:00PM
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The Caroline of Brunswick
39 Ditchling Road
What's the talk about?
Richard directs the Brighton Science Festival, and has been running a project for eight years to explore the conflicting impulses of the workplace. We already know about some of them. They have been passed to us by our near relation, the ape: we are competitive, aggressive, critical. But is that all? Is there no room for gentler impulses of friendship, sharing or caring? The answer is yes: meet your inner ant - respectful, cooperative and empathetic. It is the ant's instincts which have created our life - the technology and inventions, the cities, morality, culture and language. We are a mixture of both ape and ant, but normally only the ape is allowed to have a voice. That is why we get stressed. Richard hypothesises that it is likely that techniques such as "mindfulness" help us to access the gentler ant within.
Richard's latest book, My Manager and Other Animals explores the deeply rooted instincts that we share with other animals. So as well as your inner ant, you may like to take a tour of your inner Portuguese man'o war, your inner assassin bug or even your inner brussels sprout. Animals are more like us than we ever thought, and we are more like animals than we would ever like to think. We can learn a lot from them.
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