New Members

Postdoctoral Fellow; DySoC/NIMBioS/Advanced Manufacturing Program, UT
Keywords: mathematical modeling, social evolution, social norms and institutions

Simon Carrington (starting Dec.1, 2019)
Postdoctoral Fellow; DySoC/NIMBioS/Anthropology/School of Information Science, UT
Keywords: computational social sciences

Both Denis and Simon are partially supported by DySoC/NIMBioS matching funds. They will work with several DySoC faculty helping establish new transdisciplinary collaborations.

Mike McKinney , Earth and Planetary Sciences, UT
Keywords: effects of human activities and urbanization on biodiversity, conservation biology, sustainability, paleobiology

New Papers

Ruck DJ, Matthews LJ, Kyritsis T, Atkinson QD, Bentley RA. (2019). The cultural foundations of modern democracies. Nature Human Behaviour , in press.
This is another high-profile paper from Damian and Alex in a top-notch international journal coming out in a couple of weeks. Rumor has it they will get the cover.

Bentley RA, Ruck DJ, Fouts HN. (2019). U.S. obesity as delayed effect of excess sugar . Economics and Human Biology .

Hirsh JB, Shteynberg G , Gelfand MJ. (accepted). Conflicting obligations in human social life. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Burghardt GM. (2020). Play. A neglected factor in ritual, religion, and human evolution. In Handbook of Cognitive Archaeology (ed. Henley TB, Rossano MJ, Kardas EP). Routledge. NY


Spring 2020
Instructor: Mariam Thalos
We speak of rationality in many contexts, both in theoretical contexts (devising theories or principles) and in practical contexts (making decisions). Is there a single conception of rationality (a single standard) that we invoke? If not, how does rationality break down in the disparate applications into its several standards? Most importantly: however many standards of assessment are involved in the invocation of rationality, how can we study rationality, whether in the laboratory or elsewhere, to understand its contours?

Brandon Prins. "The Problem of Security: Peacekeeping, Piracy and Violence" Università degli Studi di Genova (October 2019)


Play and the Evolution of Creative Societies , June 8-12, 2020. Erice, Sicily, Italy. Co-organized by Gordon M. Burghardt