The Newport Art Museum welcomes Biologist Kenneth Miller for the fourth lecture in the Newport Art Museum's 88th annual Winter Speaker Series on Saturday, January 30 at 2 pm in the Museum's Griswold House at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Miller, biologist and advocate for the public understanding of evolution, will examine the science behind current trends in evolutionary biology in his talk entitled "Art, Music and Literature: Does Evolution Really Explain Everything?" As Charles Darwin foresaw, contemporary science has confirmed that evolution really does explain the origin of species, including our own. But does it really explain everything else about human nature? Some advocates of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology have claimed that evolution's ability to shape instinctive behavior accounts not only for the structure of human social institutions, but also for our tastes in music, art, and literature. They propose a kind of consilience, a coming together of knowledge around evolutionary principles that will render the humanities subservient to an all-knowing, all-explaining biology of human nature. Are the humanities indeed about to be overwhelmed by a rising tide of knowledge and understanding from the natural sciences?
Individual Lecture Tickets and Series Subscriptions: Individual tickets for the lecture, as well as subscriptions to the entire Winter Speaker Series, are available for purchase at NewportArtMuseum.org or by calling 401.848.2787.
Individual tickets: $15 ($10 members, $6 students)
Series Subscriptions: $90 ($60 members)
Reservations highly recommended