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Undergraduate Advising and Research
Parker House, HB 6201
Hanover, NH
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Kristen Hawkes

2012 Symposium abstract: "Development, Evolution, and Why We Do Science"

Consider links between E. E. Just, the present holder of the Just chair, and ancestral grandmothers.  Just's experiments showed that development is a process of interaction between organism and environment. The process of development is also central to a novel hypothesis about what happened in human evolution to amplify our primate motivations and capacities for shared intentionality and cooperation.  I'll sketch a case that amplification began with grandmothering, with side effects that include our appetites for studying biology, even physics, and symposia like this one.

Last Updated: 8/23/12