Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival Online 2020
Broadcast Date Sunday 26 July
Join world history author and storyteller Christopher Lloyd on an amazing journey to discover the interconnections of the human and animal worlds in ways you never imagined… how slime moulds can help navigate a maze, how rats tickle and laugh out loud, how bees vote in elections to decide where to put their nests, and lots more!
For years scientists have assumed that people are the pinnacle of evolution. After all, what other creatures could put a person on the moon? But, increasingly, evidence is showing how similar humans are to other creatures not just in terms of their biology but also in the ways we behave – from working in teams to farming and from using tools to language.
The book is called Humanimal because it combines humans and animals. This talk will show you some of the best examples of how similar we are to other living things, and them to us – an optimistic perspective that shows not the divisions but the connections between life, planet and people.
About Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd’s first book What on Earth Happened? has now sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide and been translated into 15 languages. In 2010, he co-founded What on Earth Publishing to help young people (and adults) learn about the real world in a more interconnected way. This led to a series of world history timeline Wallbooks, that fold out to tell the stories of history, nature, science, sport and Shakespeare. Christopher divides his time between writing, speaking (at schools and literary festivals) and giving lectures on tours all over the world.
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