CARTA 10th Year Symposium

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More than 20 years ago, a small group of La Jolla academics began periodic meetings for transdisciplinary discussions on anthropogeny (explaining the origin of humans)––an effort that blossomed into an international intellectual collaborative organized by UC San Diego and the Salk Institute as the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA). At the formal opening of CARTA just over 10 years ago a group of CARTA leaders and advisors attempted to “define the agenda”. Much additional relevant information has since emerged, and an expanded group of experts will now revisit the agenda by addressing the following questions on a broad array of selected topics: What do we know for certain? What do we think we know? What do we need to know? How do we proceed?––Effectively, a whirlwind tour of many but not all approaches to anthropogeny.
Patricia Churchland, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, UC San Diego
Alyssa Crittenden, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Evan Eichler, HHMI Principal Investigator; Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
Daniel Geschwind, Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Human Genetics; Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine
Kristen Hawkes, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of Utah
Joseph Henrich, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology and Chair, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Jon Kaas, Distinguished Centennial Professor of Psychology, and Gertrude Conaway Chair at Vanderbilt University
William Kimbel, Director and Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment, Arizona State University Institute of Human Origins
Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Distinguished Professor, Institute of Advanced Study, Kyoto University
James J. Moore, Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, UC San Diego
David M. Perlmutter, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, UC San Diego
Margaret Schoeninger, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Anthropology, UC San Diego, CARTA Co-Director
Terry Sejnowski, Professor and Laboratory Head, Computational Neurobiology Laboratory; Francis Crick Chair; Salk Institute
Anne Stone, Regents' Professor, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change; Associate Director, ASU Center for Evolution & Medicine
Sarah Tishkoff, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor in Genetics and Biology, University of Pennsylvania
Ajit Varki, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, UC San Diego, and Adjunct Professor, The Salk Institute, CARTA Co-Director
Examples of Topics to be addressed
Comparative Cognition in Primates
Behavioral Ecology
Paleoanthropology & Comparative Anatomy
Nutrition & Paleodiet
Cultural Evolution and Dual Inheritance
Comparative Genomics
Ancient DNA of Humans and Their Pathogens
Human Population Genetics & Origins
Comparative Medicine
Mental Disease
Hunter-Gatherers/ Life History & Reproduction
Parenting & Child Development
Comparative Brain Anatomy
Computational Neuroscience
Morality & Cooperation