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R. Muehlenbernd – The Evolution of Coordination, Cooperation, and Communication – A Game-Theoretic Approach

February 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The lecture will take place in room: AB 3.11

Lecture abstract:

Evolutionary Game Theory (EGT) was originated as the application of games in evolutionary biology [5, 9, 10, 16, 17]. Subsequently, EGT has been increasingly applied to the study of cultural evolution [1, 17], ranging from elementary questions such as the evolution of coordinated [14] as well as cooperative [2, 11, 12] behavior among individuals to the study of the emergence of elaborated social normative mechanism, such as the so-called social contract of human societies [3, 13]. Additionally, EGT has proven itself to be a convenient tool for the study of the emergence of an essential feature of human culture: language. Here, particularly David Lewis’ [8] signaling game has found its application; in fundamental questions such the emergence of simple communication systems [6, 15], as well as in the study of more specific phenomena in human language evolution [4, 7]. This talk will introduce to the basic concepts of EGT, thereby addressing the following emergent features in human cultural evolution: i) coordination, ii) cooperation and the social contract, iii) communication/signaling systems, and iv) human language.
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Details

Date:
February 7, 2017
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Venue

Collegium Humanisticum, Nicolaus Copernicus University
ul. Władysława Bojarskiego 1, Toruń, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship 87-100 Poland

Organizer

Center for Language Evolution Studies
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Website:
http://www.cles.umk.pl/