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June 9 Seminar: John Tooby

UCSB Professor of Anthropology and co-director of the UCSB Center for Evolutionary Psychology, John Tooby, will present his paper,"Can race be erased?: Coalitional computation and social categorization."


In this paper, Kurzban, Tooby, and Cosmides examine the idea that there is an evolved mechanism for detecting and perceiving individuals as members of coalitions/alliances, and that racial awareness is a biproduct of this perceeption.  The paper also ties into recent findings on the evolved logic of anger and discusses the ability of cognative machinery to identify the objects to which moral emotions may apply.



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