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Dan Smail, Harvard University, Goods and Humans in Deep Historical Perspective: An Essay on History, Neuroscience, and Material Culture

Event: Dan Smail, Harvard University, Goods and Humans in Deep Historical Perspective: An Essay on History, Neuroscience, and Material Culture
By all accounts, the emergence of global capitalism in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries marked a crucial transformation in the human relationship with consumer goods. Our relationship with goods, however, is far older. Goods were present at the making of humanity itself early in the Pleistocene, and over the ensuing millennia they became caught up in our cultures, our patterns of communication, and even our nervous systems. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and evolutionary biology, this paper sketches out a deep history of the coevolutionary relationship between people and material culture.
Date and time:November 9, 2012
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location:Area on Campus: Dulles 168
Contact:John Brooke
Phone Number:614-292-8757
Event category:Arts and Sciences & History
Event Type:Seminar

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