The Optimistic Cynic is about race and sex in South Africa - a fascinating journey through human evolution and development infused with music, wilderness, some beautiful images and lashings of humour.
It was born of a number of frustrations and a deep examination of my own attitudes and prejudices. The talk examines sex and race through the lens of human evolution, evolutionary biology and the development of human society from an environmental point of view.
The talk can be between an hour and two hours long dependent on requirements. The information is presented in a light and engaging manner and interspersed with original music.
THE OPTIMISTIC CYNIC AIMS TO HELP PEOPLE ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW THEY PERCEIVE RACE AND SEX.
My background – as a biologist, a white male South African and more than a decade of experience in rural South Africa – has informed my examination of the human condition, particularly in South Africa. I believe that our society’s (black, white, male and female) unfamiliarity with human evolutionary psychology and environmental development has caused, and continues to cause, the twin prejudicial scourges of South Africa – racism and sexism.