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How Culture Transformed Human Evolution
The “Origins of Human Uniqueness” Speaker Series

Dr. Robert Boyd

October 20, 2008


The “Origins of Human Uniqueness” speaker series (2008-2010) is designed to explore the emergence of human characters that have led Homo sapiens to become a spectacular anomaly among living organisms.

The initial lecture in this series will be presented by Dr. Robert Boyd of
UCLA on October 20, 2008 in Rm 60, College of Design North. Dr. Boyd is one
of the founding fathers of the theory of gene-culture coevolution, also
known as dual-inheritance theory (DIT).

In this talk, Boyd will discuss the uniquely human trait of culture as a key component in the adaptation and evolution of the species. By observing others, humans acquire behaviors that are often superb for the local conditions, but this habit of doing what others do can also lead to unintended consequences.

Time and location:
Monday, October 20, 2008
4:00pm - 5:30pm
College of Design North
CDN Room #60 (map)