Evolutionary Psychology: Foundations, Questions, and Controversies

with
Diana Fleischman
Evolutionary Psychology examines the human mind through the lens of evolution. This short seminar series introduces the basics of the field and examines how evolutionary psychology answers some of the most controversial and persistent questions about human nature.
This is a single-session event.
This event has
four
sessions.
Diana Fleischman

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Jan 25 - Feb 4
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60 min

Description

Evolutionary psychology is a perspective on how to examine the human mind through the lens of evolution.  According to evolutionary psychology, human minds are a complex conglomerate of adaptations that evolved to solve certain recurrent problems during our evolutionary history. Evolutionary psychology is multidisciplinary, using fields like animal behavior, anthropology, biology and genetics to examine the kinds of problems the human mind evolved to solve, and the kinds of solutions it might be using to solve those problems. 

 

In this four-session seminar, evolutionary psychologist Diana Fleischmann will engage participants in a conversation that incorporates the basics of evolutionary psychology. The seminar will feature open discussion and Q&A for participants to interact with herself and the group. Her four sessions will cover the following themes:

Foundations

  • How do we do evolutionary psychology? What is natural and sexual selection?

Sex and Sex Differences

  • How similar are the genders, and how do we tell them apart?

Emotions and Emotional Regulation

  • How do our feelings affect ourselves and those we interact with?

Morality

  • How do humans make moral choices and is there an "evolved" morality?

Notes on participation: Participants should be over 18 and have a basic understanding of biology to get the most out of this seminar. Individuals who are strongly opposed to evolution or applying an evolutionary understanding to humans will probably not enjoy this event.


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