Sign language as a window into universally accessible linguistic biases
A very interesting new article: "Event representations constrain the structure of language: Sign language as a window into universally accessible linguistic biases" by Brent Strickland,
Should preferences based on authoritarianism and social dominance be treated as moral?
An interesting critical discussion of Jonathan Haidt's apprach to morality from a social psychology and political science point of view: "Another Look at Moral Foundations Theory: Do
Applications for PhD studentships in Cognitive Science at CEU, Budapest
PhD studentships are available for the doctoral program in Cognitive Science at Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary. Application deadline: February 1, 2015. The Department of
[extended deadline] Berlin Symposium on Reciprocity and Social Cognition
The deadline for submissions to this symposium has been extended to November the 1st. A symposium on 'Reciprocity and social cognition' organized by Anna Strasser, Stephen Butterfill,
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
Random choice among the Kantu, swidden agriculturalists of Kalimantan
An excellent post by Michael Schulson at Aeon magazine entitled "How to choose? When your reasons are worse than useless, sometimes the most rational choice is a random stab in the dark,"
Deparmental Lectureship in Cognitive Anthropology, Oxford
Applications are invited for a Departmental Lectureship in Cognitive Anthropology, effective from 1 September 2014, tenable until 30 September 2015. The post is based at the School of Anthropology,
Negatively-Biased Credulity and the Cultural Evolution of Beliefs
A new article by Dan Fessler, Anne Pisor,& David Navarrete, highly relevant to cultural epidemiology in PLoS ONE 9(4): e95167. doi:10.1371 Abstract: The functions of cultural beliefs are often
The Moral Domain: Conceptual Issues in Moral Psychology. Vilnius . 9-11 October 2014
The Vilnius Experimental Philosophy Lab, the Departments of General Psychology and of Logic and History of Philosophy organize a conference on: The Moral Domain: Conceptual Issues in Moral Psycholo
The Content of Our Cooperation, Not the Color of Our Skin
A new, important article by David Pietraszewski, Leda Cosmides, and John Tooby: The Content of Our Cooperation, Not the Color of Our Skin: An Alliance Detection System Regulates Categorization by
Joint PhD degree in the cognitive science of religion
A new Doctoral programme in the cognitive the science of religion has been established by Aarhus University (Graduate School of Arts/Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit--see http://www.rc
Summer course on Morality: Evolutionary Origins and Cognitive Mechanisms, Budapest, June 2014.
The CEU Summer University announces the course: “Morality: Evolutionary Origins and Cognitive Mechanisms”, June 23-30, 2014, Budapest, Hungary . Application deadline: February 14,
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Moral Psychology, Seoul, March 2014
A conference on "Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Moral Psychology" sponsored by Korea University and the Rutgers University Research Group on Evolution & Cognition will take place at the