We humans tend to see ourselves as disconnected from and superior to the rest of nature in many ways, which leads to exploitation or indifference. We also focus on things like religious, political and cultural differences which tend to separate us from one another, sometimes with violent repercussions. A shift in perspective, to one that sees the deep connections between all humans and the natural environment, can help us to act more responsibly and compassionately. This shift in perspective is facilitated by understanding the theory of evolution. In this seminar, we will consider the theory of evolution by looking critically at its development, the controversy surrounding it, and what it says about who we are and why we do what we do. We will then consider some of the issues facing all of us in the 21st century from an evolutionary perspective.