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Conference on “Cultural Evolution: Arts, Languages, Technologies” in Tartu, June 6-8, 2018
Is submentalizing part of the genetic tool-kit of human social cognition?
Findings from the developmental investigation of false-belief understanding in preverbal human infants, based on looking time (and other kinds of looking behavior) are relevant to hypotheses about the ontogenetic and the phylogenetic origins of human mindreading capacities. According to Cecilia Heyes (2012), “recent empirical work in comparative psychology, developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience provides surprisingly little evidence of genetic adaptation, and ample evidence of cultural adaptation.”...
The invention of cuneiform: Writing in Sumer
How human are the dehumanised?
Are liberals too dumb to understand this? Virtue signaling in the age of outrage advertising
Can teleology explain why very young children help a mistaken agent?
Communication, Culture, and Cognition in Seville, May 2-4, 2018
What it took for break-up songs to become cultural items
Some of the skills you develop as a PhD student were not on the program. Now two years into my PhD, I realize that I have become much better at composing nice playlists, and in particular break-up songs playlists. Admittedly, this is not what I thought I’d get good at, but, well, it still counts as a skill or knowledge of some sort, and I enjoy my newly-won status of information-provider. After years been given advice about music by others, ending up in the position of the adviser feels like an achievement....