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Genes, Memes, and Behavior

PSYC 54N
3 units
June 26 - July 31, 2017

Examines how natural selection operates to shape successful genes in the gene pool, how cultural selection operates to shape successful “memes” in the pool of cultural ideas, and how selection by consequences operates to shape successful behaviors in our repertoires. Topics include cases in which selection produces undesirable consequences (e.g. genetic mutations, cultural problems, and aberrant behaviors in children). Emphasis on understanding the role of modern natural science in complex behaviors and why study of human life from an interdisciplinary perspective is important.

Prerequisite

None

Notes

  • Enrollment limited. Preference to rising Stanford freshmen and sophomores who haven’t had the opportunity to take an IntroSem previously.

  • This course follows a non-standard schedule. Please see the Summer Session Non-Standard Schedule Calendar for special deadlines.

Syllabus

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