Juan jose millas y arsuaga

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JLA. After much reflection. It is something that has marked me to such an extent that it seems to me almost a matter of marital infidelity. When I go to a place I think «here I have to bring Juanjo», instead of thinking about bringing my wife.

JLA. With Millás it’s a pleasure, because he comes! It’s a privilege to have someone to whom you can say «I’ll see you in the Noviciado subway to go to a hipster hairdresser’s», without further explanation, and he plays along. I also learn in these places, because you learn through dialogue. We go to these places with an intuitive idea of what we can learn there, without a script. If it were a movie, the hairdresser would be informed of our visit, but we get there and the hairdresser doesn’t even know who we are. That’s the special grace of the whole thing. They are experiments that if we wanted to repeat we couldn’t because nothing is prepared.

P. Two people who have talked so much about life, human beings and their social character, surely have some interesting thoughts about the pandemic we are living and how it will affect us as a species.

the chosen species wikipedia

On the occasion of the publication of the new book by Juan Luis Arsuaga, ‘Vida, la gran historia. A journey through the labyrinth of evolution’, we have presented this talk of its author with the writer Juan José Millás, in a meeting carried out in collaboration with Editorial Destino.

From questions like these, and making a solid review of the answers that science has given them throughout history, Juan Luis Arsuaga has developed an authentic history of life from its origin until today.

He is a regular contributor to the newspaper El País and is also a regular contributor to the program A vivir on Cadena SER. In addition to the above, he has been awarded the Mariano de Cavia, Miguel Delibes, Francisco Cerecedo, Vázquez Montalbán and Don Quijote prizes, all for his work as a journalist.

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juan luis arsuagapaleoantropólogo español

En el libro en colaboración, La vida contada por un sapiens a un neandertal, el escritor Juan José Millás y el paleoantropólogo Juan Luis Arsuaga se propusieron entender la vida, sus orígenes, por qué somos lo que somos y qué nos ha traído hasta aquí. Durante dos meses, los dos autores visitaron diversos lugares, muchos de ellos escenarios comunes de la vida cotidiana, y otros sitios únicos en los que aún es posible encontrar restos de lo que fuimos, el lugar de donde venimos. Las huellas de la humanidad a lo largo de los milenios se encuentran a nuestro alrededor, en lugares como paisajes, cuevas, parques infantiles y jugueterías. En conversación con la periodista Yolanda Ruiz.


The paleoanthropologist Juan Luis Arsuaga (scientific director of the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos) and the writer Juan José Millás are two great guys whose curiosity for life is lost. To write their book, La vida contada por un sapiens a un neandertal (Alfaguara), they visited archaeological sites, got lost in the urban jungle and even went into a sex shop to learn about sexual evolution. In this interview they tell us about their adventures.

We think we know something, very little, about who we are and where we come from, but in reality we still have almost everything to discover. Juan José Millás, used to walking comfortably through the fiction of his daily garden, was upset by a visit to Atapuerca. His schemes about what he thought he knew about himself and about the rest of human beings were turned upside down.