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November 22, 2022


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Humans are social animals; social demands, both cooperative and competitive, structure our development, our brain and our mind.

This course covers social development, social behaviour, social cognition and social neuroscience, in both human and non-human social animals. Topics include altruism, empathy, communication, theory of mind, aggression, power, groups, mating, and morality. Methods include evolutionary biology, neuroscience, cognitive science, social psychology and anthropology.

Course Curriculum

  • Darwing and Design Unlimited
  • Alice in Wonderland Unlimited
  • Genesis, Aristotle, and the Emergence of World Views Unlimited
  • Voltaire and the Accidental World Unlimited
  • Hume’s Dialogues: Revealed Religion vs. Empirically-Based Religion Unlimited
  • Philo and The Limits of Analogy Unlimited
  • William Paley and his Legacy Unlimited
  • Adam Smith “Wealth of Nations” (1776): The idea of an Oeconomy Unlimited
  • Malthus and the Compound Interest World Unlimited
  • Malthus and the Compound Mind Unlimited
  • Darwin and the Economy of the Natural World Unlimited
  • Natural Selection Unlimited
  • Darwinian Synthesis Unlimited
  • Darwin’s “The Descent of Man” (1871) and Human Culture Unlimited
  • Naturalism and Utopia: Samuel Butler’s “Erewhon” Unlimited
  • Bulter and Technological Autonomy Unlimited
  • Evolution and Cybernetics Unlimited
  • Alan Turing and the Thinking Machine Unlimited
  • Dualism and Personality in Post-Evolutionary Fiction Unlimited
  • T. H. Huxley and the Two States Unlimited
  • H. G. Wells “The Time Machine” and The Final Utopia Unlimited

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology