The Department of Anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland welcomes Daniel Everett (Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University) and author of Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, for a public lecture in Cole Cinema from 4:15 – 5:30PM. The title of his talk is Beyond Human Nature: Understanding Ourselves as the Unpredictable Species.
Abstract for the talk: Humans are neither a blank slate nor a full slate at birth. Though humans clearly have an innate endowment that distinguishes us from other species, the hallmark of Homo sapiens is our unpredictability. Drawing on a new body of research emerging in philosophy, evolutionary theory, anthropology and linguistics, I argue that there is no such thing as “human nature” that has any deep explanatory value.