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The Ever-Adolescent Human
Date Tuesday June 24
Time 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
Event Type Meeting
EmailHumanistHall [at]

with Will Dvorak

How did the human species evolve to become the dominant animal on this planet? Clive Bromhall‘s book, "The Eternal Child: an Explosive New Theory of Human Origins and Behaviour," is the astonishing story of how each of our personalities has been molded by 6 million years of “infantising” or “neotony,” i.e., physical regression starting from the point at which our distant ape ancestors first left the safety of the forests as intimidating and highly effective gangs of up to 100 soldiers — easily led and cooperative males. From men’s obsession with swollen breasts to our hairless bodies to our constant search for a pseudo-parental God, everything about the human species is adolescent or infantile.

Desmond Morris praises the book for changing the way we humans see ourselves. With highly persuasive and startling evidence, Bromhall argues that two of the central pillars of humanity — standing upright and our huge brain — were far from useful when they first evolved, but instead were merely incidental by-products of our ancestors’ increasingly infantile condition. He explains how we humans can live in huge urban communities, so vast in numbers that no other species could cope with the stress. He examines how our bodies and our behavior changed over the millennia, as ape became apeman and apeman became modern man. He reveals the massive impact of our increasingly extended childhood — a childhood that, in one sense, now stretches almost to the grave.

Join us to learn about Bromhall's theories and to participate in discussion about them!

"The Eternal Child"
by Clive Bromhall

"Before the Dawn:
Recovering the lost history of our ancestors"
by Nicholas Wade

"Demonic Males, Apes, and the Origins of Human Violence"
by Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson

"Catching Fire: how cooking made us human"
by Richard Wrangham

For a review of the book, see the website shown below.

Humanist Hall is wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street

$5 donations are expected.

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