What is morality for? Exactly where did ‘the good’ come from? Is the human even a trustworthy companion for asking these queries? In this episode I am joined by Dr. Robert Kurzban, an evolutionary psychologist, who has spent his life studying human behavior by way of an evolutionary framework. Robert was a total blast to converse with and I grateful he took the time to speak to me off a cold e mail by way of the digital-space.
More than the course of our time you will get to know a bit about his personal life and analysis, including….
- What is Evolutionary Psychology?
- A Modular Brain?
- The evolutionary origins and functions of morality and virtue
- How we hide our agendas from ourselves
- Climate Modify and the public superior difficulty
- How people today of faith can endorse policies counter to the standard tenants of their faith
- Religion and the abortion debate
- The coercive force of spotting hypocrisy
- The function of wisdom in overcoming our biological hardware
Robert Kurzban is an evolutionary psychologist and author of two really readable and enjoyable texts – Why Everybody (Else) Is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Thoughts and The Hidden Agenda of the Political Thoughts: How Self-Interest Shapes Our Opinions and Why We Will not Admit It. His analysis focuses on the nature of evolved cognitive adaptations for social life. These include things like processes involved with cooperative choice producing, punishment, morality, close relationships, and mate decision. He makes use of approaches drawn from experimental economics and cognitive psychology to study these processes.
Robert is proud to have served as each the editor-in-chief of the journal Evolution & Human Behavior and President of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society.