Evolution and Culture Colloquium Series

This Winter Term series, co-sponsored by the Culture and Cognition Program and the Evolution and Human Adaptation Program, will deal with the constraints placed on culture by evolution and the ways in which culture affects evolution. Colloquia are held at 10:30 on Friday mornings in room 4448 East Hall – except as noted below. A seminar on Evolution and Culture (Psychology 808-010) will be taught in conjunction with the series. The seminar meets from 9:00-10:30 on Fridays in room 3048 East Hall.

January 6

Altruistic Terrorism

Scott Atran
Research Center for Group Dynamics, University of Michigan
National Center for Scientific Research, Paris

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January 13

Gamefish Culture, Intergroup Conflict and Environment

Douglas Medin
Professor, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University
Director of Program in Culture, Language and Cognition
CO-Director of Program in Cognitive Studies of the Environment

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January 20

Our Inner Ape: Human Nature as Seen by a Primatologist

Frans de Waal
C. H. Candler Professor, Psychology Department
Emory University
Director: Living Links Center
Note: talk will be held at RACKHAM AMPHITHEATER at 10:30

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January 27

The Folk Psychology of Souls

Jesse Bering
Department of Psychology
University of Arkansas

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February 3

Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

Daniel Dennett
Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy
Tufts University
Note: talk will be held at RACKHAM AMPHITHEATER AT 10:30

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February 10

The Cultural Origins of Human Sociality: Phylogenetic, Ontogenetic and Cross-cultural Evidence

Joseph Henrich
Department of Anthropology
Emory University

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February 17

Native Peoples of Siberia: Genetics, Languages and Archaeology -- CANCELLED due to illness

Tatiana Karafet
Assistant Research Scientist
University of Arizona and
Senior Research Scientist
Institute of Cytology and Genetics
Novosibirsk, Russia

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March 17

Explaining Religion

Harvey Whitehouse
Professor of Anthropology
Director, Institute of Cognition and Culture
Queens University, Belfast, Ireland

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March 24

Evolution, Altruism and Ethics

Stephen P. Stich
Board of Governors Professor
Department of Philosophy
& Center for Cognitive Science
Rutgers University

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March 31

Does Evolutionary theory Explain Dogon Culture?

Beverly Strassmann
Department of Anthropology
Research Center for Group Dynamics
University of Michigan

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April 7

Not By Genes Alone: How Culture
Transformed Human Evolution

Peter Richerson
Department of Environmental Science and Policy
University of California , Davis

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April 14

Death and the Ancestors in Madagascar:
a Cognitive Developmental Approach

Rita Astuti
Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics

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