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Ye Chin Kim


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.

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James Paradis is the Robert M. Metcalfe Professor of Writing and Comparative Media Studies. He works on problems of the mutually-influential rise of professionalism and vernacular culture, the public reception of science, and the way in which fields of expertise are represented in popular media. His methods are comparative, and draw on cultural studies, biographical approaches, intellectual history, and the history of rhetoric to study science popularization, science fiction, science education, two-cultures controversies, science as entertainment, and vernacular science. Source: CMSW


Darwin and Design by Prof. James Paradis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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Course content

  • Darwin and Design

  • Alice in Wonderland

  • Genesis, Aristotle, and the Emergence of World Views

  • Voltaire and the Accidental World

  • Hume's Dialogues: Revealed Religion vs. Empirically-Based Religion

  • Philo and the Limits of Analogy

  • William Paley and his Legacy

  • Adam Smith "Wealth of Nations" (1776): The Idea of an Oeconomy

  • Malthus and the Compound Interest World

  • Malthus and the Compound Mind

  • Darwin and the Economy of the Natural World

  • Natural Selection

  • Darwinian Synthesis

  • Darwin's "The Descent of Man" (1871)‏ and Human Culture

  • Naturalism and Utopia: Samuel Butler's "Erewhon"

  • Butler and Technological Autonomy

  • Evolution and Cybernetics

  • Alan Turing and the Thinking Machine

  • Dualism and Personality in Post-Evolutionary Fiction

  • T. H. Huxley and the Two States

  • H. G. Wells "The Time Machine" and The Final Utopia

  • Readings

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