Evolution and peace talk Sunday

By March 15, 2011

Judith Hand, an evolutionary biologist, animal behaviorist and novelist, will speak at 3 p.m. Sunday on “The Human Potential for Peace” in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St.

Hand will talk about the evolutionary roots of cooperation, altruism, empathy and morality. She will show how three decades of studies indicate that peacemaking, like aggression, is a natural aspect of primate social behavior. Recent studies show that young children display peacemaking behavior remarkably similar in form and timing to peacemaking observed in non-human primates and other animals.

The free presentation is sponsored by the Davis Peace Coalition.

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