from month 08/2014

Nicolas Claidière

These are Nicolas Claidière's thoughts on the workshop on cultural evolution convened by Dan Dennett in Santa Fe in May 2014. Dennett's introduction is here. *** (Clarification: I use disagreement in the sense of interesting topic that could be discussed/ researched further and questions in ...

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Peter Godfrey-Smith

This is Peter Godfrey-Smith's summary of the workshop on cultural evolution convened by Dan Dennett in Santa Fe in 2014. Dennett's introduction is here. *** I think that a lot of progress was made on clarifying disagreements, even where the disagreements themselves remain genuine. Many of the ...

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Joseph Henrich

These are Joseph Henrich's thoughts on the workshop on cultural evolution convened by Dan Dennett in Santa Fe in May 2014. Dennett's introduction is here. *** Based on our five days of discussion, I tried to come up with a list of stuff we agree on: 1. Cultural evolution is a crucial ...

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Olivier Morin

These are Olivier Morin's remarks on the workshop on cultural evolution convened by Dan Dennett in Santa Fe in May 2014. Dennett's introduction is here. *** Here is my 200% subjective summary of the main points of agreement (and some disagreements) touched upon in our (to me quite unforgettab...

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Peter Richerson

These are Pete Richerson's thoughts on the workshop on cultural evolution convened by Dan Dennett in Santa Fe in May 2014. Dennett's introduction is here. *** I do think that the disagreements among the various “schools” of cultural evolution represented at the meeting are relatively ...

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Dan Sperber

These are Dan Sperber's thoughts on the workshop on cultural evolution convened by Dan Dennett in Santa Fe in May 2014. Dennett's introduction is here. *** Let me fist express my heartfelt gratitude to Dan for this great initiative, and to Louis Godbout and to the SFI for making it possible. It ...

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Call for posters: Reciprocity and Social Cognition

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain organizes a symposium on "Reciprocity and Social Cognition", from the 23rd to the 25th of March, 2015. Keynote speakers will be Richard Moran, Julia Fischer and Natalie Sebanz (Cognitive Science, CEU Budapest). The deadline to submit a poster is the ...

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Kim Sterelny

These are Kim Sterelny's thoughts (written up at mid-workshop) on the workshop on cultural evolution convened by Dan Dennett in Santa Fe in May 2014. Dennett's introduction is here. *** Santa Fe Summary: Key Issues From Discussion 1.Attraction and selection. What is the relationship between ...

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Has a decimal point error misled millions into believing that spinach is a good source of iron?

A great cultural epidemiology story by Ole Bjørn Rekdal, "Academic urban legends," in Social Studies of Science (2014, 44(4)) freely available here Abstract: Many of the messages presented in respectable scientific publications are, in fact, based on various forms of rumors. ...

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Perspectives on Cultural Evolution, by Daniel C. Dennett

These are Daniel Dennett's introductory remarks on the workshop on cultural evolution he conveyed in Santa Fe in May 2014. (Footnotes contain comments by Richerson and Sperber.) Ever since Darwin’s Descent of Man (1871), the idea of adopting an evolutionary perspective on human culture has ...

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