Junior Seminar: Culture and Cognition

This course explores the complex dynamics between culture and cognition from multidisciplinary perspectives, ranging from neuroscience and distributed knowledge systems to the history of science and anthropology of religion. How have different disciplines defined the matrix of biology, culture, and society in the history of human development? Are there essentialized cultural differences that can be linked to neurocognitive or even genetic correlates, separating an imagined East from West in a kind of new-age bio-cultural Orientalism? Or in global, multicultural societies, aren’t we all cultural and cognitive hybrids?

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