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2013 David Hume Lecture on Human Nature on Oct. 7

BIDDEFORD, Maine The Human Nature Project, an interdisciplinary center for research and education into human nature at the University of New England, hosts the 2013 David Hume Lecture on Human Nature on Oct. 7, at UNE.

Jesse Prinz, distinguished professor of philosophy and director of the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies at the City University of New York, will discuss “By Nature Unnatural: A Cultural Corrective to Biocentric Approaches to the Human Mind.”

A growing body of research suggests that culture exerts a strong influence on human behavior. Traits once thought to be grounded in nature owe at least as much to nurture. Perception, emotion, thinking, and values can all be culturally shaped. The cultural approach to psychology cautions against exaggerating human universals, and against treating group differences as biologically given and fixed.

The David Hume Lecture takes place at 5 p.m. in the St. Francis Room, Jack Ketchum Library on UNE’s Biddeford Campus. It is free and open to the public.  

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