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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,

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Scott Atran’s address to the UN security council

It is not everyday that an anthropologist is asked to speak before the security council: Scott Atran did, on the 23d of April. See video here.  

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Astuti and Bloch on “Incest, intentionality, and morality”

A thought-provoking article by Rita Astuti and Maurice Bloch, "The causal cognition of wrong doing: incest, intentionality and morality," in Frontiers in Psychology, 18 February 2015.

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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

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Call to organize the next iCog conference in the UK

iCog is a network of junior researchers – postgraduates and early-career researchers – working in cognitive science. The network aims to promote and encourage dialogue and collaboration

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What Explains the Emergence of Moralizing Religions?

An ambitious article: "Increased Affluence Explains the Emergence of Ascetic Wisdoms and Moralizing Religions", by Nicolas Baumard, Alexandre Hyafil, Ian Morris, and Pascal Boyer in Current

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A Cognitive Science of Theology?

A new, interesting, and original book by Helen De Cruz and Johan De Smedt: A Natural History of Natural Theology: The Cognitive Science of Theology and Philosophy of Religion. MIT Press 2014. Over

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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

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Is probabilistic cognition universal?

An interesting paper by Laura Fontanari, Michel Gonzalez, Giorgio Vallortigara, and Vittorio Girotto: "Probabilistic cognition in two indigenous Mayan groups", forthcoming in PNAS. Preprint

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[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,

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Symposium on Reciprocity and Social Cognition

Reciprocity and social cognition 23–25 March 2015 Symposium organized by Anna Strasser, Stephen Butterfill, Richard Moore, Olle Blomberg Venue: Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Luisenstr

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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

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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

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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,"

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Babies’ and birds’ causal understanding

A very interesting comparison between crows and humans in a new (free access) paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B entitled "Of babies and birds: complex tool behaviours are not suffici

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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,

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Combinatorial Communication in Bacteria?

Here is a challenge to standard views about the evolution of linguistic generativity: ""Combinatorial Communication in Bacteria: Implications for the Origins of Linguistic Generativity&qu

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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

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Making sense of early false-belief understanding

A new article from Helming, K. A., Strickland, B., & Jacob, P. (2014). Making sense of early false-belief understanding. Trends in Cognitive Sciences(0). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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