• Tue
    Seven Arts (31A Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD)
    Prof David Canter (Huddersfield University)

    Biological explanations of the causes of human behaviour, whether from evolution or genetics, are very fashionable. Professor Canter will argue that many of these claims are little better than religious beliefs. Without denying the importance of biology, and from a strongly atheistic viewpoint, he claims that being a person is more than the sum or our organic components.

    David Canter is professor of psychology at Huddersfield University. He was recently involved in a lively debate on BBC Radio 4 (Inside Science) with Professor Alice Roberts on the value of evolutionary explanations for human behaviour, such as co-operation.