The proceedings and outcomes of Human Nature, a prestigious international conference, organised by the RSE, will shortly be available in a specially commissioned book.
Drawing upon the multidisciplinary strength of the Society, Human Nature brought together twenty-four leading figures in fields as diverse as medical genetics, evolutionary biology, cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, social anthropology, forensic medicine, philosophy and theology. The expert group, which met for the week-long conference in 2000, included Fellows of the Royal Society of London, the British Academy, the Academy Medical Sciences in the UK, as well as Academicians of other National Academies such as the National Academy of Sciences in the USA, and the RSE itself. The conference was conceived and chaired by the distinguished Psychologist and past President of the RSE, Professor Malcolm Jeeves, CBE, FRSE.
Commending this book, RSE President, Sir Michael Atiyah said:
Almost every day the media present us with reports of exciting new discoveries in science and medicine impinging on how we think about ourselves, our human nature. At times such discoveries are interpreted as offering unrealistic Utopian dreams and at other times they are filled with dire warnings and forebodings about how they may be misused. All too often it easy to forget that wiser people than us have, over past millennia, thought and written about our mysterious human nature. The Royal Society of Edinburgh, by encompassing both science and the humanities, is uniquely, amongst all the learned societies in the UK, well placed to ensure that the barriers that so often get erected between disciplines are dismantled and that interdisciplinary thinking takes place.
This book reports on the fruits of a week-long international meeting which brought together leaders in such diverse disciplines as medical genetics, evolutionary biology, cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, social anthropology, forensic medicine, philosophy and divinity. Together they critically assessed the expanding streams of new knowledge in the light of ancient thinking and in this book offer a balanced and well-informed appraisal of what it may all mean for us today and for the future of humanity.”
Published by The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Spring 2006
ISBN: 0 902198 69 6
Available at discounted rate to Fellows. To register interest in this volume or to place an order: Please contact the Journals Officer, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ