The (Cultural) Evolution of the Social Mind


An influential claim in recent evolutionary psychology is that the human mind is, at least in substantial part, a product of selection pressures for surviving in a social environment. This has given rise to a number of claims about the uniqueness of human forms of social cognition. In this talk I will argue that arguments for the social mind hypothesis have been influenced by philosophically dubious claims about the foundations of human social cognition. I will argue that uniquely human forms of social cognition are likely a product of cultural and not biological evolution, and that while the human mind is adapted for social cognition, the extent of this adaptation is less substantial than others have claimed.

Date & time

12–1pm 13 March 2018


Eucalyptus Seminar Room (S2.05), Level 2, RN Robertson Building (46), ANU


Richard Moore, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


 Dan Rosauer
 6125 1028

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