Tanner Lectures: Michael Tomasello "Origins of Human Cooperation" (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Date
Wed October 29th 2008, 5:30pm
Event Sponsor
Center for Ethics in Society
Location
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center
Tanner Lectures: Michael Tomasello "Origins of Human Cooperation" (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

Tomasello examines two of the great debates in Western civilization: are humans born cooperative and helpful and society corrupts them, or are they born selfish and unhelpful and society teaches them to be better? And if cooperation is evolutionarily "easy" when participants benefit, what makes humans collaborate in the myriad of complex ways that they do even when there are no obvious benefits? Discussion seminars at 10:00 am on both 10/30 and 10/31.

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