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The True Self

‘True Self’ Journal Club

Do people, across culture, attribute to themselves not just a self but a true self that makes them who they really are? This is what Nina Strohminger, George Newman, and Joshua Knobe argue in a forthcoming article and what we discuss in this 'Journal Club" webinar.
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Précis of “The True Self: A psychological concept distinct from the self”

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Some recent work in experimental philosophy and in social psychology addresses central issues in cognition and culture. Case in point: an  article by Nina Strohminger, George Newman, and Joshua Knobe…

 

The Shape of Thought Book Club

‘The Shape of Thought’ Book Club

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

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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…

 

The Origins of Monsters Book Club

‘The Origins of Monsters’ Book Club

In January 2016, our website has hosted a Book Club devoted to David Wengrow’s book, 'The Origins of Monsters', and organised by Olivier Morin. The pictures illustrating the posts all come from the "Discarding Images" website.
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The Origins of Monsters: A Précis

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The origins of The Origins of Monsters lie in an interview I conducted more than a decade ago with Maurice Bloch (Wengrow 2003). We were talking about the work of…

 

Speaking Our Minds Book Club

Speaking Our Minds Book Club

From mid-June to mid-July 2015, the ICCI website has hosted a Book Club devoted to Thom Scott-Phillips’ book, Speaking Our Mind. The book has received positive reviews in various media, including the Times Literary Supplement (read Richard Moore's review here), and has been called "an amazing job" (Stuart West),“the most important and best book ever written on the evolution of language” (Dan Sperber).
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‘Speaking Our Minds’ Book Club

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We are thrilled to open our second book club, devoted to Thom Scott-Phillips’ book Speaking Our Minds: Why human communication is different, and how language evolved to make it special.…

 

SFI Cultural Evolution Workshop

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Perspectives on Cultural Evolution, by Daniel C. Dennett

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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…

 

‘Big Gods’ book club

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A précis of ‘Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict’

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  Two Puzzles The first puzzle is large-scale human cooperation. Up to about 12,000 years ago all human beings lived in relatively small bands of foragers. Today, virtually everyone, more…

 

Dunbar’s number

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Are we sure we can groom beyond Dunbar’s number?

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This post is part of a Webinar, Debating Dunbar's Number. Part 1 — Part 2 — Part 3 When I heard about Kanai et al.'s paper [1] announcing a correlation…

 

Decision-making for a social world

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Workshop: Decision-making for a social world

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Welcome to the Decision Making for a Social World webconference. Through the information they transmit, the pressures they exert, the emotions they elicit, other people have an enormous impact on…

 

Pedagogy Week

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Pedagogy week starts today!

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This week, the Cognition and Culture blog will be hosting a series of posts discussing György Gergely and Gergely Csibra's theory of Pedagogy, a theory of communication and cultural transmission…