P (Public) Aimed
at presenting scientific issues of general concern to a public audience.
G (General) Intended for an audience of both scientists and other scholars representing a broad range of disciplines.
S (Specialized) Aimed at scientists and students in fields that are closely related to that of the lecturer.
The Evolution of Human Minds:
Shocks and Instabilities: Climate is like a drunk.
The Big Step
Up to Higher Intellectual Functions:
"I talk a lot about ape-to-human evolution and
all those abrupt climate changes along the way. But mostly I try to extend
Calvin is a theoretical neurobiologist, Affiliate
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University
He is the author of the Atlantic Monthly cover story, “The great climate flip-flop” about the earth’s climate instabilities studied in oceanography and atmospheric sciences. He is the author of 11 books, mostly for general readers, about brains and evolution including The Throwing Madonna, The Cerebral Symphony, The River That Runs Uphill, The Cerebral Code, Conversations with Neil's Brain (with George Ojemann), and How Brains Think. His book with Derek Bickerton, Lingua ex Machina: Reconciling Darwin and Chomsky with the Human Brain, is about syntax. A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change is about what sudden climate flips did to human evolution over the last 2.5 million years, how the climate lurches resonated with punctuated equilibria to pump up brain size; it won the 2002 Phi Beta Kappa book award for science. His forthcoming book is The Brief History of the Mind: From Apes to Intellect and Beyond.