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A talk by Richard Robinson.
THIS TALK REPLACES THE ADVERTISED TALK BY DAVID LEWIS.
Evolution happens in business as well as in animals. Certain super-sleek corporations bear a striking resemblance to the behaviour of a slime mould, the simplest life form on Earth. Progressing through evolution, from slime mould to sponge, to octopus, to frog, we see more and more parallels until, by the time amphibians are crawling out of their swamps onto dry land, all the necessary conditions for life as a multinational are in place. Yes, global conglomerates are simpler than you ever thought, but like simple organisms, they have a deceptively elaborate crust.
In particular, Richard sees a need to depose the ape as a industry standard. Apes are argumentative, hierarchical, independent. Humans can also be cooperative, empathetic and dependent; we need to realise we have as much in common with ants as with apes. Richard will help you discover your inner ant, and also your inner Portuguese ma'o'war, slime mould, Brussels sprout and assassin bug.
Richard Robinson is the author of twenty books on popular science, including the Science Magic series (Oxford University Press) and the bestselling Why the Toast Always Lands Butter Side Down, which has now been translated into fourteen languages. He is the Director of the Brighton Science Festival. In another life he also co-founded the busker's pitch in Covent Garden, and Spitting Image.
The talk will be followed by a break then resume for Q and A.
We meet in an upstairs room with no lift access.