Interdisciplinary Seminar on Human Cooperation

Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics

Venue: Seligman Library, Room OLD6.05, Old Building, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE

Wednesday May 22nd at 4:00 pm
Christian List (Departments of Government and Philosophy, LSE) 
Three kinds of collective attitude

Wednesday June 5th at 4:00 pm
Rita Astuti & Charles Stafford (Department of Anthropology, LSE)
Mutualistic cooperation across cultures

Wednesday June 19th at 4:00 pm
Fabrice Clément (Cognitive Science Center, University of Neuchatel)
Cooperation and trust: a developmental perspective

Wednesday July 3rd at 4:00 pm
Francesco Guala (Department of Economics, University of Milan)
The three keys of cooperation: rules, expectations, and (cheap) punishment

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Previous Culture and Cognition Events

Culture and Cognition Seminar

Michaelmas term 2011

Seligman library, Old Building, LSE


11 October


Doug Medin (Northwestern University)
Cultural Epistemologies: Native-American versus European-American


9 November


Susan Gelman (University of Michigan)

The Origins of Essentialist Reasoning


18 November


Dan Sperber (Institut Jean Nicod)

Evolutionary, cognitive and anthropological issues in the study of morality


23 November


Norbert Ross (Vanderbilt University)

Space, Place and Epistemological Frameworks

Soul dust: the magic of consciousness

Speaker: Professor Nicholas Humphrey
Chair: Professor Charles Stafford
18.30 - 20.00, 15 February 2011, Hong Kong Theatre

Nicholas HumphreyHow is consciousness possible? What biological purpose does it serve? Nicholas Humphrey has a radical new theory. Consciousness, he argues, is nothing less than a magical-mystery show that we stage inside our own heads - paving the way for spirituality, and allowing us to reap the rewards, and anxieties, of living in the "soul niche."

Nicholas Humphrey is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the LSE. His many books include A History of the Mind, Leaps of Faith and, most recently, Soul Dust (published January 2011).

This is one of a series of events on 'The Study of Culture and Cognition Today' funded by the LSE Annual Fund.


Previous lecture series on culture and cognition

Lent term and Summer term 2010

18.00 - 20.00 Seligman library, Old building, LSE


Tuesday 12 January

Paul Harris (Harvard)
Do children think that miracles are just fairy stories?

Monday 18 January

Susan Carey (Harvard)
The origin of concepts

Tuesday 02 February

Maurice Bloch (LSE)
Reconciling social science and cognitive science views of the self, the person, the individual etc...

Thursday 18 February

Stanislas Dehaene (College de France)
How do humans acquire novel cultural skills? The neuronal recycling model

Monday 01 March

Tanya Luhrmann (Stanford)
Hearing God: how American evangelicals learn to experience God as real

Monday 08 March

Pascal Boyer (Washington)
Why humans have memories

Thursday 18 March

Natalie Sebanz (Radboud)
Acting together: How people share actions, tasks, and memories

Tuesday 27 April

Tim Ingold (Aberdeen)
To learn is to improvise a movement along a way of life

Monday 17 May

Vanessa Fong (Harvard)
Transformations of Cultural Models as they Pass from Parent to Child in a Globalized World: Evidence from Two Longitudinal Studies of Chinese Families

Monday 24 May

Rob Boyd (UCLA)
Culture as an evolutionary phenomenon

Thursday 10 June

Hannes Rakoczy (Gottingen)
The early ontogeny of collective intentionality and normativity

Wednesday 16 June

Rogers Brubaker (UCLA)
Doing things with categories: the cognitive turn in the study of ethnicity

Wednesday 30 June

Lera Boroditsky (Stanford)
How do the languages we speak shape the way we think?