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Culture for Skeptics: Reading for Dec 8

The denouement of our seminar will be a paper that mixes strong amounts of culture-stuff with heavy biology-stuff. Francisco J. Gil-White. 2001. Are Ethnic Groups Biological "Species" to...

Culture for Skeptics: Readings for Dec 1

This week we'll look at the popularity of "culture" in behavioral ecology. First, a review article (and letters responding to it):   Étienne Danchin et al. 2004. Public Information:...

Culture for Skeptics: Reading for Nov 24

  Just one reading for this week. It's long enough itself, and it has some commentary you should read, too. Scott Atran, Douglas Medin, Norbert Ross, Elizabeth Lynch, Valentina Vapnarsky, Edilberto...

Culture for Skeptics: Readings for Nov 17

This week we'll consider a special empirical domain of cultural variation: baby names. Given names change in frequency across generations, for many reasons, all poorly understood. The two...

Culture for Skeptics: Readings for Nov 10

Ethnicity is another of those "contested" concepts that causes fights and posturing. This week, we'll read the most-cited (and still often-cited) essay in social anthropology on the topic....

Culture for Skeptics: Readings for Nov 3

Continuing from the lively discussion last week, we will finish discussing: Robert Boyd and Peter J. Richerson. 2005. Solving the Puzzle of Human Cooperation, In: Evolution and Culture,...

Culture for Skeptics: Readings for Oct 27

Can "culture" produce novel evolutionary processes and thereby explain the unusual pro-sociality of our species? If so, then evolutionary ecologists need to get cultural, just as much as...

Culture for Skeptics: Readings for Oct 20

This week visits the primal debate about the role of language in shaping thought and different "cultural" worldviews. The classic citation for the so-called Sapir-Whorf hypothesis first: Benjamin...

Culture for Skeptics: Readings for Oct 6

Back to the tribe of science of this week. Here are two articles that orbit a debate about the role of innate cognitive structure in patterning "culture." The...

Culture for Skeptics: Readings for Sept 29

Social construction! Ron Mallon. 2007. Field Guide to Social Construction. Philosophy Compass. Download PDF Here's a chapter on the social construction of mental illness: Ian Hacking. 1999. Madness....