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The peculiar primate - Lakatos Award winner to speak at LSE

Thought is a response to threat. Competitors and enemies make life difficult, not only through direct physical effects, but also by lying, hiding themselves, pretending to be other than they are. This is the central theme of Professor Kim Sterelny's book Thought in a Hostile World: the evolution of human cognition, which was awarded the Lakatos Award in 2004. 

Professor Kim Sterelny, Victoria University in Wellington and Australian National University, will give a the annual Lakatos Award lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Thursday 28 April. He will speak on The Peculiar Primate. He will use the idea of thought as a response to threat to examine how and why human minds have evolved. 

Though by biologists' standards, humans have only recently diverged from the chimp species, we are very different from them socially, cognitively and sexually. How did we become such exceptionally strange primates?

In this lecture, Professor Sterelny will develop a view of both the evolutionary mechanisms responsible for our unusual ways and a view of the information processing systems that have made it possible for us to be intelligent as well as cooperative. A view that concedes something to contemporary evolutionary psychology but which places greater weight both on cognitive technology and on the social accumulation of information.

Professor Kim Sterelny, Victoria University in Wellington and Australian National University, was awarded the 2004 Lakatos Award for his book Thought in a Hostile World: the evolution of human cognition.

The Lakatos Award is given for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the previous six years. It was made possible by a generous endowment from the Latsis Foundation and is in memory of the former LSE professor, Imre Lakatos.

Professor Luc Bovens, LSE, will chair this event.

The Peculiar Primate is on Thursday 28 April at 5.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To request a press ticket for this event, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

The Lakatos Award is given for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the previous six years. It was made possible by a generous endowment from the Latsis Foundation. The Award is in memory of the former LSE professor, Imre Lakatos, and is administered by an international Management Committee organised from LSE.

Professor Kim Sterelny was awarded the 2004 Lakatos Award for his book Thought in a Hostile World: the evolution of human cognition.

For further details of the Lakatos Award and previous winners, see Lakatos Award in Philosophy of Science|

25 April 2005

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