Natural History of the Mind

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Natural History of the Mind

Fall 2019

Taught By: Lawrence Hirschfeld

Section: A

CRN: 7140

Credits: 4

This seminar explores the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. The course examines the natural history of those specialized cognitive systems that evolved to meet recurrent problems in the environments inhabited by our ancestors, especially those adaptations that enabled human social and cultural life. Questions posed include: What was the nature of the physical and social environments in which uniquely human cognitive systems evolved? Which contemporary behaviors reveal evolved adaptations, and (as importantly) which do not? What can evolutionary studies tell us about the way our minds are organized? What role does learning play in the expression of evolved mechanisms? How can we use evolutionary theory to inform current debates about human experience? How can we avoid misusing evolutionary theory? For Anthropology majors, this course satisfies requirements in Reading and Writing.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (LANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:42pm 2/28/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1200A

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019