Genes, Memes, and Behavior

Course Description

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.

Course Details

  • Non-Standard Schedule: This course follows a different set of dates and deadlines for the Summer Quarter. Please see the Summer Session Non-Standard Schedule Calendar for more details.
  • Grading Basis: Letter Grade
  • Additional Note: Introductory Seminar
  • Limited Enrollment Details: Preference to rising Stanford first- and second-year students who haven't had the opportunity to previously take an Introductory Seminar. Summer Session Introductory Seminars meet June 25 to August 3, 2018.
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