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What Can Cultural Evolution Tell Us
About the Human Conquest of the Planet?

"As far as we can tell, for most of human prehistory, and in contemporary foraging groups, the supernatural and the moral are largely disconnected....But in moving from the smallest scale human societies to the largest and most complex, morality, and religion become increasingly intertwined."
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Ara Norenzayan
Professor, University of British Columbia

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A Primatological Perspective on
Evolution and Morality

"In a more limited set of species, we see evidence of behaviors that are more specifically moral, such as prosocial decisions and responses to inequity (the root of the human sense of fairness), as well as empathy, a mechanism that likely promotes moral behavior."
(1,220 words)

Sarah F. Brosnan

Professor, Georgia State University

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Culture & Conscience Curriculum Contest

How would you engage high school or college students in an
exploration of the ideas raised by our question:
"What are the connections between culture and conscience?"
Stretch your imagination and submit your ideas!

The winner will receive $1,000 prize.
Submit by March 15, 2017

Learn more about the application process here...


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