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Pierre Lienard

Dept. of Anthropology | University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Presentation: "Age Ranking and Social Complexity: Corporate Group Actions in Undifferentiated Tribal Worlds"

Decision-making in typical ecologies, cognition and culture, cultural evolution, behavioral ecology & evolutionary psychology, psychology of precaution, coalitional psychology, psychology of ritualized behavior, politics of pastoral societies, study of pastoral populations (Karimojong Cluster).

The common denominator of all components of my research agenda is an evolutionary approach to human cultures. Many recurrent features of cultures are probably best explained by properties of the human mind. In attempting to explain particular stable cultural items such as collective ritualized behaviors or typical patterns of social exchange and coalition, we should adopt a strong agenda of reduction to features of the mind.