Name: Schoodic Institute Lecture - The Drunken Monkey: Is alcoholism in modern humans an evolutionary hangover? August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm FREE
Date: August 6, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Schoodic Institute invites the public to a public presentation by Dr. Robert Dudley, Professor and Chair, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley. The program begins at 7:00 PM on Monday, August 6, 2018 in Moore Auditorium on the Institute campus. No registration is required. Alcohol (i.e., ethanol) derives from the fermentation of simple sugars, and fermentative yeasts are ubiquitous within terrestrial ecosystems. Animals that routinely consume fruits and nectars thus chronically ingest low-level ethanol, although typical concentrations and consumed volumes are not well characterized. Patterns of alcohol use by modern humans may thus reflect ancestral sensory biases associating ethanol consumption with nutritional reward (i.e., the “drunken monkey” hypothesis). Detailed measurements of ethanol concentrations within fruit and nectar, together with comparative behavioral, physiological and genomic data among frugivores and nectarivores, are now necessary to test the generality of this hypothesis. Open to the public - no registration needed. Donations always welcome.