“Life in the Matrix: the hidden agents behind the evolution of our world, and why we fail to see them” by Dr. Jordan Price (SMCM)
In the 1999 science fiction action movie “The Matrix,” the main character is presented with a choice: swallow a blue pill and continue the comfortable life he knew or swallow a red pill and learn the awful truth about how the world really works. He swallows the red pill, and he learns that humans are not the independent, autonomous individuals we think we are. We are just vehicles for the scheming lines of computer code that control the world. People face a similarly uncomfortable revelation when they first learn how biological evolution really works. And, as in the movie, many have a hard time accepting it. Indeed, it’s been over 40 years since the modern ‘gene-centered’ perspective on behavioral and evolutionary biology was first introduced, yet few people view the world this way. In this talk we’ll go behind the scenes to see some of nature’s hidden evolutionary mechanisms, using the Matrix movies as a guide. And in the process we’ll explore the roles these forces may play in our daily lives. Dr. Jordan Price will present this lecture as part of the Steven Muller Distinguished Professorship of the Sciences.
The Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium is sponsored by KRBwyle.