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CafeLitt 184: Culture; An evolutionary point of view

Wed 15 Sep 2010, 11:17, by Pasha Javadi, at Bistro Burritoville:3rd floor, 2055 Rue Bishop, Montreal,QC (Map)

The "dangerous idea" of Charles Darwin, Evolution, has intensely influenced not only the biological fields but also most of our perceptions of the world.

The word culture is a controversial concept It has various definitions depending on the context. Culture is used as synonym to art, literature, history, religion, society, ... individually or or all together. The evolutionary point of view to culture, tries to explain the origins, development and characteristic of cultures as well as the commencement of the social behavior in homo-sapiens.

This session will be a brain-storming on some of the hypotheses that attempt to explain the reasons that the human being, in contrary to its instincts, start to make limitations that result in build up a culture.


Founder of CafeLitt with Mehdi Keshtkar
M.Sc. of Biochemistry at Montreal University

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CaféLitt is not a place; it is a gathering of minds. We are a group of mostly Persian young students, scholars and professionals who gather every Thursday evening around 19h00 in a café to discuss various subjects and share different ideas, ranging vastly from history to science, from literature to fine arts. We started these gatherings on Jan 18th, 2007. Each week, one of us takes the responsibility of presenting a topic (in Persian, English or French) for about an hour in a subject s/he is intimately familiar with or has an expertise in. Afterwards, the evening turns into a discussion forum and all members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask their question(s) and share their points of view.
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