2013-14 Rice Seminar "Materialism and New Materialism Across the Disciplines": Darwin, Disasters, War & Prosociality
Friday, January 17, 2014
Speaker: John Protevi from Louisiana State University
The talk has four parts. 1) “Disaster politics”: the difference between imagined individualist violence and the reality of cooperative or “prosocial” behavior. 2) The biology and evolution of prosocial behaviors and emotions. 3) The claim that prevalent pre-State war selects for the evolution or prosociality in the form of in-group face-to-face altruism. 4) The question whether complex hierarchies use such “horizontal” face-to-face in-group altruism to maintain cohesion throughout the ranks.