Are We Just Another Ape?

Over the four Saturday afternoons of September, Leeds Salon, in partnership with The Tetley*, has put together a series of public discussions asking: What Does it Mean to be Human? The second discussion is:

Are We Just Another Ape?

Is humanity exceptional or just another ape? Today, the belief that human beings are special is distinctly out of fashion. Almost every day we are presented with new revelations both about how much we are driven neurological and biological impulses over which we have little or no control, and at the same time about how animals are so much more like us than we ever imagined. The argument is at its most powerful when it comes to our closest living relatives - the great apes.

However, despite what first impressions might tell us, are apes really 'just like us'. Or are the boundaries between us and other species greater than many would like to claim?

Speaker: Helene Guldberg - associate lecturer in Childhood Development at the Open University, and author of 'Just Another Ape' (2010).

Admission: £3 to pay on the day.

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*The Tetley is a new centre for contemporary art and learning, located in the former headquarters of the world-famous Tetley Brewery on Hunslet Road. Visit their website at:

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  • Martin

    Unfortunately I am now unable to make this and the other events on this group of topics, as I am away. I hope that there will be similar talks in the near future.

    September 13

  • Paul T.

    For those coming on Saturday, if you get there from about 3:30pm we'll be in the bar area before doors open at 3:45pm having a drink and chat - so join us. And straight after the talk, we'll be going back to the Tetley bar - so stay for a drink and more chat.

    Cheers, Paul

    September 10

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