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#1 Becoming Human: Chris Stringer of The Natural History Museum at The Future of Text 2013

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Published on Dec 4, 2013

Chris Stringer is a world-leading anthropologist, Research Leader in Human Origins at the Natural History Museum and director of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project.

Chris set the scene for the day by covering the major stages in the evolution of our species and how it framed our physical and mental worlds. Who were these creatures who have been physically identical to use for at least 100,000 and to a large degree 200,000 years but who only invented writing 5,000 years ago?

The Future of Text 2013 was a unique one day symposium at London College of Communication (LCC) concerned with the future of written communication. Hosted by the advertising programme at LCC speakers included Vint Cerf of Google, Chris Stringer of The Natural History Museum, Jonathan Taylor of The British Museum, John Baines of Oxford University, David Bellos of Princeton University and Tom Standage of The Economist.

Speakers presented on topics from the origins of human writing and the creation of the alphabet, to the technological and societal factors that have shaped the written word and the future of communications beyond the digital age.

All of the talks are free to enjoy and share on the LCC YouTube Channel.

www.arts.ac.uk/lcc

www.thefutureoftext.org

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