June 2; evolutionary psychologist Robert Kurzban, PhD, at Free Library, Phila.

FRobert Kurzban, PhDS proudly presents Robert Kurzban, PhD as the Thursday, June 2, 2011 speaker at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 PM  in the Skyline Room.  The address of the library is 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kurzban’s free and open-to-the-public speech, “Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind,” will explore human inconsistency, including hypocrisy from an evolutionary perspective. Emphasizing how modularity helps to explain various features of human behavior, Kurzban will cover “self deception,” “self control,” “self esteem” and many other aspects of social behavior. This speech is based on  Kurzban’s book of the same title.

From the Wikipedia article on Kurzban:

“Robert Kurzban was trained by two pioneers in the field of evolutionary psychology, John Tooby and Leda Cosmides, and his research reflects this background. He takes an adaptationist view of human psychology, and his work is aimed at understanding the functions of psychological mechanisms designed around social life. He uses methods drawn from social psychology, cognitive psychology, and especially experimental economics. His early work investigated the social category “race” and was directed at the hypothesis that people “automatically” encode the race of people they observe. Continue reading: June 2; evolutionary psychologist Robert Kurzban, PhD, at Free Library, Phila.