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We found 3 episodes of CogNation with the tag “evolution”.
Episode 43: Stephanie Preston: Our Attachment to Stuff
December 19th, 2022 | Season 3 | 1 hr 3 secs
behavior, brain, cognition, consumerism, emotion, evolution, hoarding
Stephanie Preston returns to the show to talk about her latest research. Why do we hoard stuff? And how can we get people to care about the consequences of all that stuff on the environment?
Episode 8: Artificial Life
March 22nd, 2019 | Season 1 | 54 mins 32 secs
artificial life, brain, christopher langton, cognition, evolution, life, mind
Can we create life artificially? What would that even mean? Rolf and Joe talk about the field of Artificial Life, or "A-Life", which has worked toward the goal from a number of academic disciplines for the past thirty or so years. They think about different approaches, such as software, hardware, and biological artificial life, and consider what it might take to convince us that we have created something that would be considered life.
Episode 7: Heroism and Heroic Actions: Stephanie Preston
March 13th, 2019 | Season 1 | 56 mins 2 secs
behavior, brain, cognition, evolution, evolutionary psychology, hero, heroism, michigan, preston, psychology
What makes a hero? Guest Stephanie Preston, director of the Ecological Neuroscience Lab at the University of Michigan, takes an evolutionary look at what might underlie extraordinary acts, done at great personal risk, to help or save the life of others.