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  • 2013 Intersections Lecture: "The Evolution of Social Intelligence" - Part 1

    Research Group

    Social intelligence is widespread in the animal kingdom, from simple dominance hierarchies to complex multi-generational communities. Although humans possess a host of abilities that other animals do not, we surely have many equals in social intelligence. How did this intricate form of intelligence evolve? Does it require conscious thought in all cases, or can instinctual emotional abilities navigate the social world?

    • Added: 7/24/13
    • 27:02

    2013 Intersections Lecture: "The Evolution of Social Intelligence" - Part 2

    Research Group

    Social intelligence is widespread in the animal kingdom, from simple dominance hierarchies to complex multi-generational communities. Although humans possess a host of abilities that other animals do not, we surely have many equals in social intelligence. How did this intricate form of intelligence evolve? Does it require conscious thought in all cases, or can instinctual emotional abilities navigate the social world?

    • Added: 7/24/13
    • 22:42

    2013 Intersections Lecture: "The Evolution of Social Intelligence" - Part 3

    Research Group

    Social intelligence is widespread in the animal kingdom, from simple dominance hierarchies to complex multi-generational communities. Although humans possess a host of abilities that other animals do not, we surely have many equals in social intelligence. How did this intricate form of intelligence evolve? Does it require conscious thought in all cases, or can instinctual emotional abilities navigate the social world?

    • Added: 7/24/13
    • 34:04

    Neuroscience and the Soul

    Research Group

    Is the soul an outdated concept? Brain science, psychology and philosophy are brought to bear on one of the oldest questions.

    • Added: 1/10/13
    • 14:38

    "What Are Emotions For?" A panel discussion on the philosophy and science of emotions

    Research Group

    Part 1 of the panel discussion on the philosophy and science of emotions featuring the members of the Research Group.

    • Added: 5-2-12
    • 3:43

    "What Are Emotions For?" A panel discussion on the philosophy and science of emotions

    Research Group

    Part 2 of the panel discussion on the philosophy and science of emotions featuring the members of the Research Group.

    • Added: 5-2-12
    • 7:41

    "What Are Emotions For?" A panel discussion on the philosophy and science of emotions

    Research Group

    Part 3 of the panel discussion on the philosophy and science of emotions featuring the members of the Research Group.

    • Added: 5-2012
    • 18:51

    "What Are Emotions For?" A panel discussion on the philosophy and science of emotions

    Research Group

    Part 4 of the panel discussion on the philosophy and science of emotions featuring the members of the Research Group.

    • Added: 5-2-12
    • 21:40

    "What Are Emotions For?" A panel discussion on the philosophy and science of emotions

    Research Group

    Part 5 of the panel discussion on the philosophy and science of emotions featuring the members of the Research Group.

    • Added: 5-2-12
    • 16:12

    "What Are Emotions For?" A panel discussion on the philosophy and science of emotions

    Research Group

    Part 5 of the panel discussion on the philosophy and science of emotions featuring the members of the Research Group.

    • Added: 5-2-12
    • 32:37

    Rami Gabriel on the Transition from Soul to Mind

    Rami Gabriel

    A talk on the development of Psychology. How science supplanted religious soul talk.

    • Added: 7-28-11
    • 15 minutes

    Philosophy, Neuroscience and Morality (A Panel Discussion)

    Stephen Asma, Rami Gabriel, Tom Greif and Colin Klein

    Philosophers and psychologists discuss the new interface between neuroscience and ethics.

    • Added: 8-20-11
    • 120 minutes

    Stephen Asma on BBC World News

    Asma

    Stephen Asma discusses the universality of monster culture.

    • Added: 7-28-11
    • 5 minutes

  • WBEZ Interview

    WBEZ Chicago / Stephen Asma

    Philosopher Stephen Asma Contemplates the Problem of Evil

  • Evolution of Mind: The Affective Roots of Culture and Cognition (book proposal)

    The LAS Research Group Members

    Our book, Evolution of Mind: The Affective Roots of Culture and Cognition, will make an argument for the centrality of emotional systems in understanding the evolution of the human mind (and our primate cousins). Click "Download" below to download our proposal for this book.

    Introduction to New Suite of Papers (2014)

    Rami Gabriel, Stephen T. Asma, Glennon Curran

    The Research Group at Columbia College Chicago aims to provide a companion to the cognitive paradigm by securing a place for emotional, social, and cultural processes in the evolutionary story of the human mind. Click "Download" below to learn more about a series of papers due out soon on the evolution and development of social intelligence.

    Philosophical Implication of Affective Neuroscience (forthcoming in the JOURNAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES)

    Jaak Panksepp, Stephen Asma, Rami Gabriel, Tom Greif, Glennon Curran

    These papers are based on our Symposium at the COGSCI Conference in 2010. 1. Naturalizing the Mammalian Mind (Jaak Panksepp) 2. Modularity  in Cognitive Psychology and Affective Neuroscience (Rami Gabriel) 3. Affective Neuroscience and the Philosophy of Self (Stephen Asma and Tom Greif)   4. Affective Neuroscience and Law (Glennon Curran and Rami Gabriel)    

    Affective and Cognitive Integration and the Future of Humanity

    Tom Greif

    This paper examines recent research on affective neuroscience (especially Jaak Panksepp's empirical work) and incorporates it into larger questions of social organization. Unlike the old social conservative arguments that start from biological premises, this paper explores the socially liberal and even radical possibilities contained in a proper understanding of the mind-brain.

    Psychology as a Human Nature Project (a brief primer)

    Rami Gabriel

    Modern experimental psychology, although it is rarely explicitly acknowledged, is a human nature project. Its method is piecing together empirical evidence about the abilities that every human possesses into a coherent picture of the functional structure of the human mind. Modern psychologists claim the mind is caused by, or grounded in, a biological substrate, the body and more specifically, the brain. Early evidence in favor of this approach in the last fifty years is the successful mapping of a coherent and species-wide anatomical model of the human brain. If the main characteristic all humans share is in fact the mind, then modern psychology is a human nature project because it is the study of the mindbrain. In this paper, I discuss the neural theory of human nature and some problems that this project must face up to.

    The Mind and the Soul

    Rami Gabriel

    In modern psychology and philosophy, the concept soul has largely been replaced by the concept mind, but does the concept mind fulfill the same role as the concept soul? The purpose of this paper is to answer this question.

    Soul Talk

    Stephen Asma

    This essay questions the usual dichotomy of materialism and spiritualism by focusing on the language of "soul" talk. Linguistic analysis reveals a rich emotional and expressive language, which tells us more about human vulnerability than spiritual metaphysics. Instead of dismissing this emotional language (as the positivists did), we should look on it as a resource for understanding existential human concerns. This approach allows for some compatibility between religious talk and scientific naturalism.

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