40 Years Later, Lucy Discoverer Don Johanson Adds to Human Origin Story

Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson, Virginia M. Ullman Chair in Human Origins at Arizona State University and founding director of the Institute of Human Origins, delivered the second annual Patrusky Lecture on October 19, 2014 during New Horizons in Science, a program of research briefings presented annually by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. The way Johanson sees it, the nature of humanness is one of the biggest questions there is — not just for our past, but for our future as well.

“I’m convinced that understanding our evolutionary journey is going to play a role in our future, our future survival as well as the survival of all creatures on this planet,” he said. “We know we have a united past, we know that we are the same species, we know we have inherited the same capabilities. And I think hopefully this is going to lead to a world in which we’re more responsible to the natural world — the natural world that ultimately was our creator on this planet. …

“I think it’s time for this species, the most powerful, the most destructive and at the same time the most creative species on planet Earth — Homo sapiens — to stop acting as if there was some other place for us to move to.”

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FAT Chance with Dr. Robert Lustig

Dr. Robert Lustig presents his New York Times best-seller, FAT Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease. His book illuminates the causes of obesity and challenges the dogma, “a calorie is a calorie.” As our nation becomes wealthier, have we become healthier and wiser?

Dr. Lustig’s book stimulates us to re-evaluate our role as consumers of sugar and shocks us with a sharp bite on the consequences of fructose. As a sugar crusader, Dr. Lustig will talk about the mismatch between our environment and our science, business and politics that has fueled the pandemic of chronic disease over the last three decades. More importantly, he will share strategies to re-adjust key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress. So, take the journey into the biochemistry of your brain and fat cells in order to help you and your family get healthy, no matter your size, in a palatable manner. “Your fat is not your fate — provided you don’t surrender!”

Why Am I Still Fat?

Why do the vast majority of weight loss diets fail? New discoveries are overturning the conventional wisdom that beating obesity is all about eating less and exercising more. Is it because of the so-called famine response? Can obesity be treated as a chronic inflammatory disease? Does chronic exposure to synthetic chemicals in our home environment affect the obesity risk for our kids?

To answer the question – Why am I still fat? – Mark Horstman explores these emerging fields of science, and meets ordinary people in their daily struggle with obesity.

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