Unless otherwise stated lectures this season will be held at New Walk Museum Leicester, Mondays at 7.30pm.

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The Leicester Literary and Leicester Philosophical Society, locally known as the Lit. and Phil., was founded in 1835.

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The Transactions from 1982 onwards are available as a free download in pdf format. Jut click below to download.

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The “Lit & Phil” organises an annual series of lectures and discussions, usually held in the Leicester New Walk Museum, for the advancement of education in Literature, Science and Art.  It publishes reports, papers and proceedings and supports the museum.  There are also Natural History and Geology Sections, which organise further events.

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Our next lecture: Evolution: Convergence, Animal Cognition and Extra-Terrestrials

Evolution: Convergence, Animal Cognition and Extra-Terrestrials will be Professor Simon Conway Morris’ s lecture to the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society on Monday 19th March.    His provocative question ‘But if evolution is broadly predictable, then where are the extra-terrestrials?  Equally problematic is, given advance cognition evolved multiple times (dolphins, crows octopus), then how come only one species thinks it is worthwhile to join Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society ‘ will give the audience a great deal of  thought when he talks about the links within his career of studying fossil worms from the Burgess Shale and the Cambrian explosion  to developing a wider interest in the entire field of evolution including the question of animal cognition and extra terrestrial life.

Simon is professor of evolutionary palaeobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge.  He gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture in 1996 on the subject of The History in our Bones and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society at theage of 39.   He has also been awarded the Walcott Medal of the National Academy of Sciences in 1987 and the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society of London.

The lecture will be at the New Walk Museum at 7.30 and visitors are welcome at £3 per person.