Fall 2021 Colloquium - Subrena Smith

Subrena Smith, University of New Hampshire

MCPS Lecture

Title: “What’s to be Gained from an Evolutionary Approach to Behavior?"

Abstract: To explain something is to illuminate it, to render the thing understandable, to make it clear. Human behavior is that domain that is constituted by the many different ways that human beings “move” themselves. I wish to understand such “movements.” But what kinds of explanations best illuminate them? One framework has it that for at least some of our behaviors, an evolutionary grounding is best. I’ll attempt in this talk to specify what is at stake in the evolutionary approach, and therefore what is supposed to be gained by taking the evolutionary stance.


Lectures begin at 3:35pm in Rapson Hall 45 on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. As a reminder, masks are required indoors by University of Minnesota policy. 

The Program in History of Science, Technology and Medicine and the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science will host a joint lecture series in Fall 2021. At this time, all events will be in-person unless otherwise stated. Please contact hstm@umn.edu for more information. 



Start date
Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, 3:35 p.m.
End date
Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

Rapson Hall, room 45.