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 covering her favorite topics from the field. The seminar is largely informal and will explore topics in a conversational style, largely driven by the questions and discussions of participants. For each of the four sessions, Diana has identified a theme and provides annotated pre-reading that she encourages participants to explore ahead of the session. Her four sessions will cover the following themes:
Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology
Sex and Sex Differences
Emotions and Health
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.