Humans, The Idealistic Species

Dr David C. Lahti

14 October 2024


This lecture will take place on October 14th, 2024 (location tbc).

David Lahti is an Associate Professor of Biology at Queens College, and is on the doctoral faculty in the Departments of Psychology and Biology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

He received a PhD in moral philosophy and the philosophy of biology from the Whitefield Institute, Oxford, for work on the contributions science (especially evolutionary biology) can and cannot make to an understanding of the foundations of morality. He then went to the University of Michigan where he received a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology for a study of rapid evolution in African weaverbirds.  He spent six years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts, first as a Darwin Fellow and then as a NIH Fellow, mainly studying the interplay of nature and nurture in songbird vocal development, but also maintaining his studies of human psychology and behavior from an evolutionary perspective. Since 2009 he has run a behavioral evolution laboratory at the City University of New York. Currently 14 researchers in the Lahti Lab are involved in a variety of projects relating to rapid evolution, ornithology, natural selection, evolutionary anthropology and, especially, cultural evolution.

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