Fine dining with the Bone Detective

  • July 25, 2013

Billings will discuss the brain and its behaviour at the Maropeng Hotel. Photo courtesy of Meraj Chhaya

Saturday evening (27 July 2013) at Maropeng promises to be enthralling, filled with fine dining and interesting discussion led by scientist Brendon Billings.

On the night, guests will be treated to a lavish three-course meal at the Maropeng Hotel, followed by a lively discussion on the brain, led by the 29-year-old palaeontology expert. Fossils and bone casts will also be on display.

Brendon has hosted a series of themed walking tours at Maropeng over the past two years – titled “Bone Detectives” – which have been well received by attendees. His expertise, passionate energy and experience from these walking tours will translate into an evening of entertainment and education.

The night’s discussions will focus on the brain and how our interpretation of it, from a palaeoanthropological point of view, has led to the classical outlook of big brains inferring intelligence.

Guests will be shown new behavioural data relating to this, which will touch on how we understand the brain and how dependence on its size as a qualifying human characteristic has changed.

Brendon will also show how our interpretation of the brain feeds into a social context that has ethical implications.

Brendon is presently completing his MSc degree in the History of Science at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), with a specific reference to primatology and the evolution of consciousness. He is also the curator of all collections housed at the School of Anatomical Sciences at Wits Medical School.

The cost of the evening is R375 per person, and includes welcome drinks, a three-course set menu and the presentation.

To secure your place, visit the Maropeng Shop online.

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