Seeking a Rapprochement Between Anthropology and the Cognitive Sciences: A Problem-Driven Approach

Topics in Cognitive Science 4 (3):404-412 (2012)
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Beller, Bender, and Medin question the necessity of including social anthropology within the cognitive sciences. We argue that there is great scope for fruitful rapprochement while agreeing that there are obstacles (even if we might wish to debate some of those specifically identified by Beller and colleagues). We frame the general problem differently, however: not in terms of the problem of reconciling disciplines and research cultures, but rather in terms of the prospects for collaborative deployment of expertise (methodological and theoretical) in problem-driven research. For the purposes of illustration, our focus in this article is on the evolution of cooperation
Keywords Cultural evolution  Ritual  Synchrony  Cooperation  Arousal  Anthropology
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