RE: Cultural Evolution--National Humanities Center
I said “Geoffrey Dunham and Gary Comstock.” Meant “Geoffrey Harpham and Gary Comstock.”
From: Carroll, Joseph C.
Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 12:16 PM
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Subject: Cultural Evolution-- National Humanities Center
Geoffrey Dunham and Gary Comstock at the National Humanities Center have sent out a notice about an upcoming forum on cultural evolution. This should be of wide general interest, so I’m passing it on.
For people involved in the evolutionary study of literature and the arts, the central challenge is delineating the relationship between evolved human dispositions and culture (including all forms of shared imagination—art, religion, literature). And it’s not just a challenge for the special niche of the humanities. In the preface to the 25th anniversary edition of Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Edward O. Wilson affirms that “the exact process of gene-culture coevolution is the central problem of the social sciences and much of the humanities, and it is one of the great remaining problems of the natural sciences. Solving it is the obvious means by which the great branches of learning can be foundationally united.”
Some of the recipients of this note are going to be contributing to the special evolutionary issue of Politics and Culture, and specifically to the symposium on evolutionary cultural theory. The discussion in the forum at the National Humanities Center will help provide a context for that later discussion.
Notice from On the Human at the National Humanities Center :
The National Humanities Center sponsors a website for scientists and humanities scholars to share research. On the Human (onthehuman.org) includes a public Forum with open access to experts working on questions related to the meaning and significance of human life. Every two weeks we post a brief invited essay. Contributors have included Ian Hacking ( U. of Toronto ), John Doris (Washington U.-St. Louis), Alex Rosenberg (Duke), Willard McCarty (King's College London), Katherine Hayles (Duke), and Sarah Blaffer Hrdy (UC Davis).
Mark Stoneking (Molecular Genetics, Max Planck Institute) will contribute on cultural evolution on Monday, December 21, 2009. We cordially invite you to join the conversation with a brief (~300 words) comment before noon on Monday, Dec. 28. Professor Stoneking will respond in a final post on Thursday the 31st. We see this effort as an opportunity to expand the borders of the academy and hope you will too.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Director, National Humanities Center
Editor-in-chief, On the Human at the National Humanities Center
Professor of Philosophy, NC State U.
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