[SydPhil] Cecilia Heyes Event

Rachael Brown rachael.brown at anu.edu.au
Fri Jul 20 14:47:37 AEST 2018

Apologies for cross-posting

Dear all,

The Australian National University and the Centre for the Philosophy of Science will be hosting an author-meets-critics symposium on Cecilia's Heyes' new book Cognitive Gadgets: The cultural evolution of thinking, from HUP on August 1.

Registration and details are available here: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/gPavC71ZgLt34zxjh8zYAh?domain=eventbrite.com.au

Heyes’ Cognitive Gadgets: Author meets critics event
Eventbrite - Centre for Philosphy of the Sciences, School of Philosphy, ANU presents Heyes’ Cognitive Gadgets: Author meets critics event - Wednesday, 1 August 2018 at Band Room, Peter Karmel Bldg, Canberra, ACT.
Registration is free but please do so for catering purposes.

9:30-10:00 Cecilia Heyes (Oxford University)
10:00-10:30 Morning tea
10:30-11:15 Andrew Buskell (University of Cambridge)
11:15-12:00 Rachael Brown (Australian National University)
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:45 Penny Van Bergen (Macquarie University)
1:45-2:30 Ron Planer (Australian National University)
2:30-3:00 Afternoon tea
3:00-3:45 Lachlan Wamsley + Cameron Turner (Australian National University)
3:45- 4:30 Author’s last word
6:00 dinner

About Cognitive Gadgets:
“Cecilia Heyes presents a new hypothesis to explain the one feature that distinguishes Homo sapiens from all other species: the mind. Through lucid, compelling writing, this masterly exegesis proposes that the key features of the human mind, termed ‘cognitive gadgets,’ are the products of cultural rather than genetic evolution. It will stimulate its readers to think deeply, as Heyes has done, about what it means to be human.” – Lord John Krebs, University of Oxford

“Cognitive Gadgets is a book written with a strong conviction, boldly taking on deeply entrenched views on topics such as the genetic basis of language and imitation. It will be a very positive contribution to long-held debates about the nature of being human.” – Steven Mithen, author of The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body

“Cognitive Gadgets is a terrific book. Heyes makes a very surprising claim, arguing that human cognitive capacities—to understand others—are not built by natural selection, but are instead cultural adaptations, installed by social learning. It is a richly informed, beautifully clear, and lucidly argued case.” – Kim Sterelny, Australian National University

“How much of what is distinctly human depends on our biological (genetic) evolution and how much is culturally influenced or learned? This book will make you think about this old question anew and wonder if you have drawn the lines between these two kinds of inheritance in the right places.” – Mary Jane West-Eberhard, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Lachlan Walmsley
Rachael Brown

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