Man is an animal among others – Conferences FIAC 2014

Man is an animal among others – Conferences FIAC 2014

On October 23 and 25, 2014, COAL programs and leads for the third consecutive year, a cycle of Art and Science roundtables organized by FIAC at the National Museum of Natural History. This year, the theme “ Man is an animal among others ” was chosen. Each round table proposes a dialogue between an artist, a scientist from the Museum and a thinker around the interactions between art, science and commitment.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
“Man, an animal that does not please others very much”.
Animation Loïc Fel, COAL

Only the commensal species (houseflies, cockroaches, pigeons) have taken a liking to humanity. Others perceive humans as still infantile animals with an uneven coat, a nose strangely protruding from the mouth, an unpleasant odor and, above all, a disconcerting behavior… are humans not part of the great family of animals?

Speaker: Michel Blazy, Artist, Georges Chapouthier, Neurobiologist and philosopher, Marie-Claude Bomsel, Veterinary Doctor, Professor at MNHN

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

“Towards the reintroduction of Man into nature
Animation Loïc Fel, COAL

The great challenge of our time is to loop the planetary biogeochemical cycles before the global ecosystem collapses, dragging the entire biodiversity (including Man) in its fall. Phosphorus, CO2, Nitrogen, etc. are the flows that maintain the living in its dynamics for over 3 billion years. One of the keys to making these flows circular again is to reintegrate the human system into the global natural system, and to make man an animal among others.

Barthélémy Toguo, Artist, Marine Legrand, environmental anthropologist, Catitu Tayassu, Shaman and researcher in Cultural History, CHR-EHESS.






Free access within the limits of available seats
Address: Auditorium of the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, National Museum of Natural History, 36, rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 75005 Paris















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