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June 12th, 2014

The Evolution of Culture in Monkeys, Apes and Humans

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

June 12th, 2014

The Evolution of Culture in Monkeys, Apes and Humans

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Jonathan Birch/ Andrew Whiten/ Bryan Roberts

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Thursday 12 June 2014, 6.30 – 8pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Jonathan Birch, Junior Research Fellow, Christ’s College, University of Cambridge

Andrew Whiten, Professor of Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology and Wardlaw Professor, University of St Andrews

Chair: Bryan Roberts, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

Culture surrounds us. But where did it come from? And what are the basic mechanisms underpinning its transmission? One way to answer this question is to compare the evolution of culture among humans to that of non-human cousins like monkeys and chimpanzees. In this event, renowned scientist Andrew Whiten presented some of his results on the evolution of culture, followed by a discussion with philosopher of biology Jonathan Birch.

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