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The Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series is pleased to present

A Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecture

given by

Dr. Michael Tomasello, Duke University

Origins of Human Cooperation

Abstract: Although great apes collaborate for some purposes, recent studies comparing chimpanzees and human children suggest that human collaboration is unique both cognitively and motivationally. In particular, humans seem adapted for collaborative foraging, as even young children display numerous relevant mechanisms, including special ways of coordinating and communicating, special ways of sharing food, and special forms of social evaluation. The “shared intentionality hypothesis” specifies the ontogeny of these underlying mechanisms and their consequences for both human cognition and human social life. 

Thursday, March 1, 4:00 pm, Watson Hall 517

Reception to follow at the University Club, Stuart Street

Please view the poster here.


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