"The Rap Guide to Evolution"

performed by Baba Brinkman

March 30, 2009

Baba Brinkman is a Canadian actor and rap artist best known for his award winning one man show “The Rap Canterbury Tales”, which has delighted audiences around the world since 2004, sparking renewed interest in the work of Geoffrey Chaucer. In 2008 Dr. Mark Pallen, author of “The Rough Guide to Evolution”, asked Brinkman if he would “do for Darwin what he had done for Chaucer” and Brinkman happily took up the challenge.

“The Rap Guide to Evolution” explores the history and current understanding of Darwin!s theory, combining hilarious remixes of popular rap songs with clever lyrical storytelling that covers Natural Selection, Artificial Selection, Sexual Selection, Group Selection, Unity of Common Descent, and Evolutionary Psychology. Dr. Pallen has vetted the entire script for scientific and historical accuracy, making it a powerful teaching tool as well as a laughout- loud comedy experience. The show also engages directly with challenging questions about cultural evolution, asking the audience to imagine themselves as the environment and the performer as an organism undergoing a form of live adaptation.

“The Rap Guide to Evolution” was developed with the support of the British Council, and will be touring the UK in the summer of 2009, including the Edinburgh Fringe. Original music from the show can be found online at: myspace.com/bababrinkman

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