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The Evolution of Human Aggression: Feb. 25-27 conference
Date:1/26/2009

of our nature to prevail."

Abbreviated Conference Schedule:

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, Utah Museum of Fine Arts Dumke Auditorium Opening keynote address by primate expert and psychology Prof. Frans de Waal from Emory University in Atlanta. De Waal's talk is titled, "Destined to Wage War Forever? The Evolution of Peacemaking among Primates."

  • 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, Officers Club, Fort Douglas Panel discussion, Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Great Apes. One panelist is Harvard's Richard Wrangham, who argues that power imbalances promote violence.

  • Noon Thursday, Feb. 26, Post Theater, Fort Douglas Keynote lecture by Martin Daly and Margo Wilson of McMaster University. They will discuss how homicide rates correlate with inequality of incomes, and how young men "who are most likely to kill or be killed are those with little to lose by competing dangerously."

  • 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, Officers Club, Fort Douglas Panel discussion, Coalitionary Violence and Warfare. Among the panelists is Harvard University psychologist Steven Pinker, who contends: "Contrary to the popular impression that we are living in extraordinarily violent times, rates of violence at all scales have been in decline over the course of history."

  • 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, Officers Club, Fort Douglas Panel discussion continues, Coalitionary Violence and Warfare. Among the panelists, Peter Turchin of the University of Connecticut will argue that conflict between groups generated the evolutionary pressures that favored the social forces holding together complex societies of hundreds of millions of people.

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, Alta Room at the Alta Club, downtown Salt Lake City Poster presentations of research dealing with evolution and aggression.

  • 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, Officers Club, Fort Douglas Panel discussion, Hormones and Human Dominance and Aggression. Among the panelists is Aaron Sel
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Contact: Lee Siegel
leesiegel@ucomm.utah.edu
801-581-8993
University of Utah
Source:Eurekalert

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