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Hot Science Cool Talks: A Taste for the BeautifulDate:
Center for Inquiry – Austin
Presented by the Environmental Science Institute of UT Austin. Pre-lecture events start at 5:30 and lecture starts at 7 pm.
A Taste for the Beautiful
Dr. Michael J. Ryan
Professor, Integrative Biology
University of Texas
Why do animals perceive certain traits as beautiful and others not? While Darwin explained why the animal world abounds in stunning beauty, he struggled to understand how. Dr. Michael Ryan, one of the world’s leading authorities on animal behavior, tells the remarkable story of how he and other scientists have taken up where Darwin left off and transformed our understanding of sexual selection. Join Dr. Ryan as he explores how beauty is defined through the brain of the beholder. Registration opens three weeks prior to event.