January 11-12, 2013
In the Light of Evolution VII: The Human Mental Machinery
Organizers: Camilo J. Cela-Conde, Raul Gutierrez Lombardo, John C.
Avise and Francisco J. Ayala
Beckman Center of the National Academies, Irvine, CA
Co-sponsored by the Centro de Estudios Filosoficos Politicos y
Sociales Vicente Lombardo Toledano
Scholars consider a comment in Charles Darwin’s Notebook C to be one
of his first insights into human nature. As Darwin noted, our mental
machinery makes us different. For instance, it allows us to ask about
ourselves, about what a human is. It allows us to question what we
are and the meaning of the way we are. One thing we have discovered
is that humans possess certain unique mental traits. Ethic and
aesthetic values are among them, and they constitute an essential
part of what we call the human condition. This Colloquium brings
together leading scientists who have worked on several aspects of
human morals and aesthetics considered as mental traits, their
evolution, and their relationship to related behaviors in other primates.
Registration Fee: $150.00
Reduced Registration Fee for Graduate Students and Postdocs: $100.00
Registration is limited and will be accepted online only when the
registration fee is included and in the order in which it is
received. Online registration is available for single and multiple
registrations (i.e. work group) with MasterCard and Visa and
check. The registration fee includes breakfast and lunch on Friday
and Saturday and transportation from the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel
to the Beckman Center.
The Welcome Dinner on Thursday and the Dinner on Friday night are
optional and extra fees apply.
Lodging and Transportation
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Newport Beach
Hotel and Spa at the discounted rate of $125, single or double
occupancy. (The rate is based on the current federal per diem rate,
which is subject to change.) You can make a room reservation during
the online registration process. After December 17th, we cannot
guarantee that the discounted rate or a room will be available.
Transportation is provided once daily roundtrip from the hotel to the
Beckman Center. See agenda for times.
For more information, contact Susan Marty .