PASCAL PICQ

Pascal Picq is a palaeoanthropologist and senior lecturer at the Collège de France. His research focuses on the morphological and social evolution of the human lineage in the context of modern evolutionary theories.

After introducing ethology into the field of evolutionary anthropology (Once Upon a Time in Paleoanthropology Odile Jacob 2010), he has been involved in social issues by denouncing archaisms against diversity and women (New History of Man Perrin 2005), for the defence of secularism (Lucy and Obscurantism Odile Jacob 2007) and an (im)relevant essay on the natural origins of politics at the time of the presidential elections (Is Man a great political monkey? Odile Jacob 2011).

His reflections and work are of increasing interest to the economic and social world on the processes of innovation and group management around the concept of Anthroprise (A Paleoanthropologist in the Company Eyrolles 2011). He is associated with the APM, the Académie des Entrepreneurs and the Fabrique de l'Industrie. His recent work describes how, from prehistoric times to the future, the same adaptive mechanisms ensure that Man survives only through his companies.

His latest essays From Darwin to Lévi-Strauss: Man and Diversity in Danger and The Return of Madame Neanderthal: How to be Sapiens (Odile Jacob 2013 and 2015) and The Walk (Autrement 2015) are pleas for the future of humanity.


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"We are the ones who are wiping out the great apes and creating the robots.

How can we learn to live with these new artificial intelligences to ensure a better future for humanity?

My answer as an ethologist and palaeoanthropologist is that we must first understand the natural intelligences that accompany our evolution, namely that of apes and great apes.
Otherwise we will be slaves to robots. P. P.

This humorous book teaches us a lot about ourselves, about politicians, about apes... and about robots.

All the bibliography of Pascal Picq


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