Sep
26
3:00 PM15:00

The Human Story: from subsistence tribes to global village

If you've ever wished you had a better grasp of the broad sweep and patterns of human history, then this is the course for you. We'll be covering the whole span of history while asking, and trying to answer, some big questions.

Why, for example, did our ancestors survive when our cousins, the Neanderthals, became extinct? Why were plants domesticated in some places but not others?  Why did many places in different parts of the world experience very similar processes of urbanisation, centralisation of power and empire building? And why, in the nineteenth century, did Britain become the dominant global power rather than, say, China.

We'll conclude by exploring some of the big themes of the twentieth century, how they are affecting the present and how they might play out in the future.

Starts: Wednesday September 26th 3-5pm for 8 weeks

Location: The Shambles, Market House, Castle Cary, BA7 7AH

Cost: £80

Enrol: In person at the Market House or phone 01963 359631 (open Mon-Sat 9.30-12 noon)

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Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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Jan
10
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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Jan
21
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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Feb
9
10:30 AM10:30

An Introduction to Cosmology

We'll begin this study of the nature and evolution of the Universe by examining how our understanding of the Cosmos has deepened and evolved over the last 500 years. We'll then learn how primordial hydrogen was transformed into stars, galaxies, elements and ultimately complex beings such as ourselves, capable of reflecting on the whole process. We’ll conclude by addressing some current mysteries - dark energy and dark matter.

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Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

An Introduction to Cosmology

We'll begin this study of the nature and evolution of the Universe by examining how our understanding of the Cosmos has deepened and evolved over the last 500 years. We'll then learn how primordial hydrogen was transformed into stars, galaxies, elements and ultimately complex beings such as ourselves, capable of reflecting on the whole process. We’ll conclude by addressing some current mysteries - dark energy and dark matter.

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Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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Sep
24
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

From Seed to Fork

This talk explores the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, desiccation and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction. We then discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the worst mistake in history “. It should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

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