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Conference at Emory: The Evolution of Brain, Mind and Culture

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In honor of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture is hosting a conference on The Evolution of Brain, Mind, and Culture on November 12-13, 2009. This conference is free and open to the public. Information about accommodations near Emory University are available on the CMBC website at­.

The Evolution of Brain, Mind and Culture
Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture
Emory University
November 12-13, 2009
at the third floor Reception Hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum
(for more information see­)

Thursday, November 12
1:00 Session 1: Keynote Address
Matt Ridley "Darwin in Genes and Culture"

2:45 Session 2: Brain Evolution
Jim Rilling (Anthropology, Emory University)
"Comparative Higher Primate Neuroimaging: Insights into the Evolution
of Human Brain and Mind"
Richard Passingham (Psychology, University of Oxford)
"How to Turn a Chimpanzee into a Person"
Todd Preuss (Yerkes Primate Center, Emory University)
"The Human Brain: Rewired and Running Hot"

Friday, November 13
9:00 Session 3: The Evolution of Mind
Melvin Konner (Anthropology, Emory University)
"Childhood Evolving: The Role of Development in the Evolution of Mind"
Pascal Boyer (Psychology and Anthropology, Washington University)
"What is Memory for?"
Debra Lieberman (Psychology, University of Miami)
"It's All Relative: The Evolution of Psychological Mechanisms
Governing Kin Detection, Incest Avoidance, and Altruism"

1:30 Session 4: The Evolution of Culture
Frans de Waal (Psychology, Emory University)
"Prosocial Primates: Empathy, Fairness, and Cooperation"
Sally McBrearty (Anthropology, University of Connecticut)
"Behavioral Change at the Origin of Homo sapiens"
Joe Henrich (Psychology and Economics, University of British Columbia)
"On the origins of a cultural species: How social learning shaped
human evolution"

4:45 Session 5: Final Discussion
Keynoter's Observations: Matt Ridley
General discussion

6:30 -9:30 Reception at the Great Hearth of the Emory Conference Center

This conference is occurring in coordination with the premier of a new play, entitled "Hominid," by Ken Weitzman at Theater Emory (co-produced with Out of Hand Theater), based on Frans de Waal's Chimpanzee Politics (http://theater.emory....­) as well as with an exhibition, entitled "Origin," at the Schatten Gallery of the Robert W. Woodruff Library.

This conference is funded by a grant from the Emory University Subvention Fund, along with support from the Emory Cognition Project, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Anthropology of Emory University.

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