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Fake news: the heads of Jeremy Bentham and Flinders Petrie

22 November, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The head of philosopher Jeremy Bentham is being exhibited for the first time in decades at UCL this autumn, alongside cutting-edge scientific techniques to extract and sequence his DNA. We also consider why the archaeologist Flinders Petrie left his head to science, and explore how the actions and work of both men have influenced our modern attitudes to death and what it means to be human.

Everyone knows that Bentham’s head was used as a football. We all know that the widow of Petrie brought his head to England in her hatbox. Yet neither of these stories is true!

In this talk, find out more about how UCL’s exhibition is drawing on history, philosophy, archaeology, science and more to debunk these and other examples of ‘fake news’.

For event information, please contact Subhadra Das (subhadra.das@ucl.ac.uk).

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22 November, 2017
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