Evolution of Social Complexity

Colloquium Lecture Series

Modern humans are an outlier in the natural world. Our capacity for cultural
accumulation has allowed us to rapidly adapt to a wider range of environments
than any other creature. We live in larger and more cooperative societies than
any animals except the social insects, and we depend heavily on complex
technologies. The features that make humans so different from other animals
evolved in the four or five million years since we shared a common ancestor with chimpanzees.

This new interdisciplinary colloquium series will illuminate the processes that were
responsible for this transformation, and will bring researchers from a wide range of
relevant disciplines to the ASU campus.

The lecture series is cosponsored by the Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems (CBCS), Institute of Human Origins (IHO), and School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Lectures are from noon to 1:30 pm in the CBCS offices in ISTB-1, room 401 (across
from the ASU Bookstore). 

Full 2014–2015 schedule here