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You Animals! Learning What It Means to Be Human

Thursday April 25, 2024
18:00 - 21:00 (GMT Standard Time)
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You Animals! Learning What It Means to Be Human

Doors open at 6:00pm, with the talk beginning at 7:00pm

£35 Seated Ticket | Patrons Free Admission, limited availability 

Drinks and light nibbles available


‘If we matter, so does everything else.’ – Melanie Challenger

The world is now dominated by an animal that doesn’t think it’s an animal. And the future is being imagined by an animal that doesn’t want to be an animal. This matters.

Join Geist as we welcome writer, philosopher, researcher and environmental campaigner Melanie Challenger who will share her radical vision of what it means to be human. She suggests that at the heart of our psychology is a profound struggle with ‘being animal’, that manifests itself in everything from the way we vote to the food we eat.

She will also invite us to consider what our reluctance to embrace our place in the animal kingdom means as we begin to experiment with artificial intelligence and bioengineered life-forms.

Rather than puzzling these fundamental questions on your own, join us for a fun evening of informal debate and discussion to find out whether embracing our animal selves might reveal to us a new and truer understanding of the world. 


Melanie Challenger writes, researches and broadcasts on nature, environment and philosophy. Her books include How to be Animal: What it Means to be Human, On Extinction: How we Became Estranged from Nature, selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best nonfiction books of the year. She hosts the podcast Psychosphere about diverse intelligences, minds and consciousness and contributes regularly to publications including The Guardian, Emergence, Globe & Mail, New Scientist, Aeon and BBC Science Focus.  

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