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13:15 - 13:55 4 March 2010

LUNCH HOUR LECTURE: Love, death and the pursuit of happiness: How evolution invented Hollywood


Darwin Lecture Theatre - accessed via Malet Place | Darwin Building (link Map)
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public
Admission: Free and open to anyone on a first-come first-served basis. Lectures can also be watched online or downloaded from UCL's iTunesU from 7 days after the event.
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor John Galloway, UCL/UCLH Biomedical Research Centre & Eastman Dental Hospital

If Darwinian evolution made us, it seems no great step to supposing it also made our most treasured institutions. And what institution is more treasured than the great dream machine of Hollywood, with its stock-in-trade, both on and off set, of sexual attraction, love stories and happy endings - and those indispensable props to an aura of glamour, smoking, drinking and narcotics. Evolution is surely the ghost in that particular machine?


Dan Martin
+44 (0)20 7679 7675 | dan.martin@ucl.ac.uk