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Club EvMed: Survival of the Friendliest with Brian Hare

  • 13 Oct 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom; meeting link to be shared upon registration

Survival of the Friendliest

Tuesday, October 13th at 12pm EDT

Join us for a conversation with Brian Hare, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University. The only way to understand what it is to be human is to know what it is like to be not human. In this talk we will explore the minds of our closest relatives, bonobos and chimpanzees, and dogs — our closest friend. We will look at how these animals help us understand what makes us human, and how our minds came to be. We will arrive at the idea that it was friendliness that powerfully shaped both the bodies and minds of bonobos and dogs during their evolution. We will then consider if our own species evolved due to selection for friendliness. We will argue that comparing our friendly nature to other animals solves the paradox of human kindness and cruelty and points to the need for cross-group friendships to encourage a friendlier future. These ideas are explored in Hare’s new book, Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity. Sign up here for the meeting link.

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