In the “Descent of Man” (1877) Darwin wrote:
“As neither the enjoyment nor the capacity of producing musical notes are faculties of the least direct use to man in reference to his ordinary habits of life, they must be ranked amongst the most mysterious with which he is endowed. They are present, though in a very rude and as it appears almost latent condition, in men of all races, even the most savage.”
In this years Darwin Talk, Heinz Richner will ask the question why he and other birds have wasted so much time in their lives.
The traditional Darwin’s Dinner will be held at Unithèque on Thursday 11 evening.