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Evolutionary psychologist to speak at next Faculty Forum

April 21, 2011

Robert Kurzban

Speaking at the noon Faculty Forum Tuesday, April 26, will be Robert Kurzban, Ph.D, visiting professor, Economic Science Institute, on the topic, “Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite.”

Hypocrisy is the natural state of the human mind. In this talk, Dr. Kurzban will suggest that the key to understanding our behavioral inconsistencies lies in understanding the mind’s design. The human mind consists of many specialized units designed by the process of evolution by natural selection. While these modules sometimes work together seamlessly, they don’t always, resulting in impossibly contradictory beliefs, vacillations between patience and impulsiveness, violations of our supposed moral principles, and inflated views of ourselves.

Dr. Kurzban is affiliated with Chapman University’s Economic Science Institute while on sabbatical from the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychology

The Faculty Forum series is Chapman’s traditional staff/faculty lecture program that pairs stimulating talks with all-you-can-eat Sodexo luncheon buffets. Faculty Forums are held in Beckman Hall 404. Lunch is $5, or you may bring your own.

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