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A7-Syllabus-Spring-2011-Draft-2-1 - Anthropology 7 Spring...

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Anthropology 7 – Spring Quarter 2011 Introductory Biosocial Anthropology Professor John Tooby Time: Thursdays 5:00—7:50 PM Lecture Location: Embarcadero Hall Office (Tooby): HSSB 1010 Email: [email protected] Tooby & TA Mailboxes: HSSB 2nd Floor Anthro Mail Room Date/time of Midterm Examination: Thursday, May 5 th class time (after lecture) Date/time of Final Examination: Wednesday, June 8 th , 7:30-10:30PM Tooby office hours: Wednesday 5:00-6:15PM in HSSB 1010; & also Thursday 7:50PM after class Teaching Assistants : Sangin Kim: [email protected]; Emily Miner: [email protected]; Carolyn Hodges: [email protected] ; Class webpage will be available on Gauchospace. Enrollment Codes by section: 00414 M 9:00 – 9:50 SH 1430 Carolyn Hodges 00406 M 10:00 – 10:50 NH 1105 Carolyn Hodges 00398 M 4:00 – 4:50 GIRV 2108 Sangin Kim 00364 T 8:00- 8:50 PHELPS 3523 Emily Miner 00372 T 10:00-10:50 PHELPS 2516 Sangin Kim 00380 F 9:00- 9:50 GIRV 2123 Emily Miner Overview : Anthro 7 is an introduction to the emerging new science of evolutionary psychology, together with related fields such as human behavioral ecology (also known as evolutionary ecology) and human ethology, that together constitute biosocial anthropology. Evolutionary psychology is the study of our evolved, universal human nature and its organizing impact on human life and culture. This is a course about human nature – its causes, its structure, and its effects on our lives. Because our species’ architecture (mind, brain, body, and genome) was constructed by the evolutionary process, understanding how our evolutionary past built us can give us new insights into what we are and why we are designed the way we are. In particular, this new scientific approach gives us the opportunity to make new discoveries about the engineering specifications of our various mental programs (also referred to as instincts, mechanisms, circuits, neurocomputational adaptations, etc.) such as parental love, anger, friendship, sexual attraction, in-group mindedness, status-perception, aggressive threat, family sentiments, and jealousy. These programs were built step by step among our foraging ancestors, as problem-solving circuits that helped them deal with the recurrent adaptive problems encountered by hunter-gatherers. These instincts are universal, that is, they reliably develop (or have the potential for developing) in all normal members of our species. They shape all human cultures, explain the commonalties found among people everywhere, and provide the underlying logic that organizes human affairs. Scientifically, evolutionary psychology was created by bringing together the study of evolutionary biology, human evolution, information theory, hunter-gatherer studies, cultural anthropology, neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, computer science, and related fields. By using insights and methods gained from integrating these fields, researchers can now systematically map the structure of the programs that make up the human mind (and its physical basis, the brain) just as earlier generations mapped human anatomy.
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