from month 04/2009

The Social Self – Summer School in Alghero

Alghero Summer School, 20-27, September 2009 The Social Self Application deadline: June 30, 2009 The Faculty of Architecture of the University of Sassari , the Department of Philosophy of the University of Milano, the Department of Neuroscience of the University of Parma organize a one ...

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Success or Prestige? Hunters’ cultural biases

Rob Boyd and Pete Richerson have identified two biases, one based on success, the other on prestige, that might influence which individual is most imitated. If you were living in a foraging society, would you rather imitate prestigious hunters or successful ones? Successful ones, you say? It may ...

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Interviews with some Great Ancestors

via Savage Minds : Alan MacFarlance has put online an impressive collection of video-recorded interviews with famous anthropologists ( Fredrick Barth, Mary Douglas, Meyer Fortes, Ernest Gellner, Jack Goody, Edmund Leach, Sydney Mintz, and many others). Enjoy !      

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Book review : The Art Instinct, by Denis Dutton.

(Editor's note) It would be difficult not to notice the buzz around Denis Dutton's The Art Instinct, (see Nigel Warburton's review, Michael O'Donnell's, and Brian Morton's - and even the Colbert Report). It's always a pleasure to see an accessible and much advertised ...

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Wellcome Trust School on Biology of Social Cognition

Sunday 9th August - Sunday 16th August 2009. The principal aim of the workshop is to provide an intensive week of training for advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty with an interest in the biological underpinnings of social behaviour. The past few years have seen ...

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Incest in France

The French used to be astoundingly tolerant of incest, but times are changing. Cover of the 1984 single Lemon Incest, a song featuring Serge Gainsbourg with his daughter Charlotte. Videoclip here. Mutually consensual incest is a classic puzzle for moral psychologists : on the one hand, ...

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Cognitive Science Network of the Social Science Research Network

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Cognitive Science Network (CSN). It will provide a worldwide, online community for research in all areas of cognitive science, following the model of other subject matter networks within SSRN. We expect CSN to become a comprehensive online ...

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PhD Position in the research group Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture

A PhD Position is available in the Max Planck Research Group Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The research group "Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture" is a small, independent group ...

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Institutions again – What is a primitive society?

That is the rather provocative question that Richard Posner asked in a 1980 article that I only recently discovered - and I think should be on the reading list of a decent cognitive anthropology course, as the issues are certainly relevant to understanding the cognitive underpinnings of instituti...

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Nick Enfield’s “The Anatomy of meaning”

A new book by N. J. Enfield of the Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik, The Netherlands The Anatomy of Meaning: Speech, Gesture, and Composite Utterances (Language Culture and Cognition) (Cambridge University Press, 2009) "How do we understand what others are trying to say? The ...

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Natural Pedagogy and Flossing Monkeys

(via Concrete Tower) Gyorgy Gergely and Gergely Csibra have issued a new version of their theory of Natural Pedagogy in Trends in Cognitive Sciences (here). As luck would have it, the paper coincides with a BBC report of macaques teaching flossing to their youngs (well, more accurately, taking ...

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Noga Arikha at Google

Invited at Google, Noga Arikha gave a talk that dwelt on the history of Humors Theory, and more generally on the way mind and body may or may not fit together in today's medicalized world. Enjoy ! (see also Noga's posts on our blog)   // mceTempObject     &nb...

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