The ICCI Team

A book club on Clark Barrett’s ‘The Shape of Thought’

Clark Barrett, evolutionary psychologist and anthropologist, professor in the department of Anthropology at UCLA, published in 2015 a book, The Shape of Thought: How Mental Adaptations Evolve, which is both an introduction to evolutionary psychology and a major contribution to its development. ...

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For the record: A commentary by Csibra, Senju, et al. on gaze following

In 2008, Atsushi Senju and Gergely Csibra published in Current Biology (18, 668–671) an often quoted and important contribution to natural pedagogy theory: “Gaze following in human infants depends on communicative signals.” In 2014, J. Szufnarowska, Rohlfing, K.J., Fawcett, C., ...

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Susan Blackmore

These are Susan Blackmore's thoughts on the workshop on cultural evolution convened by Dan Dennett in Santa Fe in May 2014. Dennett's introduction is here. *** There was much agreement at the wonderful working party in Santa Fe. For example, we agreed about the importance of re-production, ...

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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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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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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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Offensive inanity in the name of evolutionary psychology

Satoshi Kanazawa has caused a scandal by publishing a blog post (later withdrawn) claiming, with specious evidence, that black women were less attractive than others (and black men were more attractive). His Psychology Today blog has just been closed down. Readers of the hell-raising post will ...

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