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Cultural Evolution and the Axial Age

Talks - History; Talks - General Interest

Event Description

Cultural Evolution, as distinct from biological (or Darwinian) evolution, is the evolution of human societies as they grow from small hunter-gatherer bands to modern megalithic cities. It is the sharing and transmitting of ideas and developments in human societies. I will try and explain cultural evolution from the emergence of humanity to the establishment of complex civilisations. Around 800-200 BCE there appeared to be a substantial shift in religious and philosophical outlook, sometimes referred to as the Axial Age. I will attempt to demonstrate the cultural evolutionary aspect of these changes and whether they still impact the world today.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Neil Meldrum

Meet The Speaker, Neil

Neil Meldrum has been a lawyer for 40 years. Now retired, Neil has the opportunity of indulging his fascination in all things to do with ancient history and the cultural evolution of mankind. Although an amateur, these are compelling subjects which have been undergoing considerable re-appraisal in recent years. Neil's talks range from the development and the cultural evolution of early man to the Maya and Aztecs of Ancient Mexico and the Incas of Peru, areas that he has visited extensively. More recently he has been focusing on early culture in Ancient China, India, Egypt and Mesopotamia and in particular looking at early religions in these regions.

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