Past events: 2014
- June 27, 12:00pm, DEMS seminar room (U6/3061), seminar: Aldo Rustichini (Department of Economics, University of Minnesota): Higher Intelligence Groups Have Higher Cooperation Rates in the Repeated Prisoner’s Dilemma
- May 22, 12:00pm, U6/3061, seminar: Fabio Sabatini, (UniRoma1, LCSR, EURICSE): Will Facebook save or destroy social capital? An empirical investigation into the effect of online interactions on trust and networks.
- May 8, 12:00pm, U6/3061, seminar: Massimo Tavoni, (PoliMi, FEEM, CMCC): Climate change economics and modeling: everything you always wanted to know (but had no one to ask).
- April 3, 12:00pm, U6/3061, seminar, Edoardo Gallo, (University of Cambridge): Nash and the degree heuristic in network games: An online experiment, joint with Chang Yan.
- March 27, 12:00pm, U6/3061, seminar, Natalia Montinari (University of Lund, School of Economics): Beware of Popular Kids Bearing Gifts: A Framed Field Experiment, joint with, Jingnan Chen, Daniel Houser, and Marco Piovesan.
- February 20, 2:30pm, *U5/3014* (note change of building), seminar, Roberto Lucchetti (Politecnico di Milano): “Game theory: Mathematics among philosophy, psychology and concrete applications“
- January 30, 12:00pm, U6/3061, seminar by Enrico Colombatto (University of Turin, GIS, IREF): “Markets, Morals and Policy-Making: A New Defence of Free-Market Economics“
- December 17, seminar, Ilya Tëmkin (Smithsonian Institution): Perils and promises of cultural phylogenies: evolution of the Baltic Psaltery
- September 26-27, Workshop: “Multi-disciplinary perspectives on climate ethics“, Villa del Grumello, Lake Como, Italy.
- June 4-6, Rome, international conference on Public Happiness (call for papers).
- May 30, 12:00pm, U6/3061, Luca Stanca (UNIMIB) “Incentive mechanisms and social preferences: A direct test of non-separability”
- May 9, 12:00pm, U6/3061, Stefano De Michelis (Università di Pavia) “Some applications of game theory to pragmatics“
- May 16, 1:00pm, U6/3061, Stefano Malatesta, Marcella Schmidt di Fiedberg, Enrico Squarcina (UNIMIB) “Not just limits: the geographical boundaries as places of meeting and diffusion of cultural traits“.
- April 11, 12:00pm, U6/3061, Stefano Papa (Università di Teramo) “Yoga beyond wellness: Meditation, trust and cooperation“
- February 28, 12:00pm, U6/3061, seminar: Pierluigi Cuzzolin (University of Bergamo) “The expression iuxta propria principia: its pains and miseries“
- February 7, 2013, Guido De Blasio (Banca d’Italia), “My father taught me. The intergenerational transmission of values“, with G. Albanese and P. Sestito.
- January 31, 2013, Mario Barenghi (UNIMIB) “The biological function of literature? Some evolutionary considerations about its origin and diffusion“
- December 13, 2pm to 5pm, U6/3061, Interdisciplinary Workshop: “Tracing traits in linguistics, economics, and evolutionary biology“, with Federica Da Milano, Nicoletta Puddu, Fabrizio Panebianco, Emanuele Serrelli.
- November 29, 3:30pm, U6/3061, Seminar: Silvia Marchesi (UMB) “The Labor Market in the Seventeenth-Century Italian Art Sector“, with Federico Etro and Laura Pagani.
- November 22, 2:30pm, U6/3061, Seminar: Pierluigi Cuzzolin (University of Bergamo) “The expression iuxta propria principia: its pains and miseries” – TO BE RESCHEDULED
- November 8, 2:30pm, U6/372, Seminar, Elena Canadelli (UNIMIB) “The unexpected migration of Transparent Man from Germany to the U.S. in 1930s and 40s”
- October 11, 2:30pm, U6/372, Seminar, Alberto Baccini (University of Siena): “Valutare la ricerca con la bibliometria: il caso italiano” – [slides]
- September 27, 2:30pm, U6/372, Viviana Ardesia, “Cultures and cultural traits in archaeology”
- June 7, 12:00pm, U6/372, Seminar: Luca De Benedictis (University of Macerata), “International Trade Networks in Space and Time“.
- May 24, 10am-6pm, Building U7, Aula del Consiglio, Workshop: “Non-monetary incentives and economic behavior“.
- May 10, 12:00pm, U6/372, Nathalie Gontier (Vrije Universiteit, Brussel): “Cultural evolution models and the extended synthesis“. 2:30-4:00pm, U6, IV floor, Room 4288, “A discussion on evolutionary epistemology: Employing evolution to understand knowledge”.
- May 2, 12:00pm, U6/367, Masao Ogaki (Keio University): “Cultures, Worldviews, and Intergenerational Altruism“.
- April 12, 12:00pm, U6/4160 (4th floor), Seminar: Mauro Van Aken (UMB): “Travelling models of water: Battlefields of knowledge and ideas of change in the Middle East“.
- March 12, 2:30pm, Auditorium (U12), Lecture: Stefano Zenni (Conservatorio di Bologna and New York University): “The history of jazz: a global perspective“.
- January 26, 12:00pm, Room U6/372 (Building U6, 3rd floor), Seminar: Bruno Codenotti (CNR), Computational Game Theory.
- January 12, 2:30pm, Room U6/372 (Building U6, 3rd floor), Seminar: Robert Östling (Stockholm University), “How Does Communication Affect Beliefs?“.
- November 17, 12pm, Room U6/372 (Building U6, 3rd floor), Seminar: Zacharias Maniadis (Department of Decision Sciences, Bocconi University): “Aggregate Information and the Centipede Game: a Theoretical and Experimental Study“.
- October 13, 12pm, Room U6/372 (Building U6, 3rd floor), Seminar: Marco Grasso and Simona Sacchi(UNIMIB, The morality of climate change: consequentialism, deontology and responsibility.
- September 22, 12pm, Room U6/372 (Building U6, 3rd floor), Seminar: Mattia Nardotto (University of Bologna), Nudging with information: a randomized field experiment on reminders and feedback.
- May 6, building U12, CISEPS Annual Lecture and General Meeting:
- 10:00 Luca Cavalli Sforza “Critical periods of human evolution: interdisciplinarity helps for understanding”
- 11:45 Marcus Feldman, “On Models of Social Transmission: Rates of Evolution and Patterns of Diversity”.
- 14:15 CISEPS research projects: interim reports
- 16:00 CISEPS Annual General Meeting
- June 8-9, 2011: “Market and Happiness: Do economic interactions crowd out civic virtues and human capabilities?“. Keynote speakers: Martha Nussbaum, Bruno Frey, Robert Sugden.
- April 14, 12pm, room U6/4152, seminar: Giuseppe Carignani, University of Udine, “Evolutionary chimeras: towards a new model of technological innovation“.
- April 7, 12pm, Sala Lauree della Facoltà di Psicologia (Building U6, 3rd floor), seminar: Lorenz Goette (University of Lausanne), Group Membership, Competition, and Altruistic versus Antisocial Punishment: Evidence from Randomly Assigned Army Groups (with David Huffman, Stephan Meier, Matthias Sutter).
- March 3, 12pm, room U6/4152, seminar: Francesco Cassata (University of Turin), “A transdisciplinary perspective on economic complexity: Marshall’s problem revisited“.
- February 10, 3pm, aula Pagani (U7, 3rd floor), seminar: Luca Stanca, Marco Gui, Marcello Gallucci, “Attracted but Unsatisfied: An Experimental Analysis of Choice Inconsistencies in Television Consumption“.
- February 3, 12pm, Aula Tesi Psicologia (Building U6, 3rd floor), Seminar: Benedetto De Martino (UCL), “The Neurobiology of Loss Aversion“.
- December 17, Workshop: “Social Science and Neuroscience: How Can They Inform Each Other?“. Keynote speakers: Alessandro Antonietti, David Levine, Rosemarie Nagel, Carlo Umiltà, Riccardo Viale, Jack Vromen, Bernd Weber. 9:15am-4:45pm, U7.
- December 14, Workshop: “Perspectives on the evolution of evolutionary theory: towards an Extended Synthesis?“. Keynote speaker: Gerd B. Müller, Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna. 9:30am-12:30pm, Auditorium U12.
The Research Programme on Cultural Evolution launches the project “The Diffusion of Cultural Traits”
Is it legitimate to talk about “cultural traits”? Is it possible to build models of their diffusion, and are they explanatory or useful? Are there differences and peculiarities in various aspects of culture that are studied by different disciplines? By cultural trait we can provisionally intend any trait whose production in individuals depends to some extent on social learning. For example, famous and foundational models of “cultural evolution” such as those by Cavalli Sforza and Feldman (1973, 1981), but also the contemporary models by Richerson, Boyd and colleagues, are actually models of the diffusion of socially transmitted, discrete traits. The idea of diffusion is also present in the tradition of cultural anthropology (although probably with a controversial status). This is remarkable for our interdisciplinary research because cultural anthropology is, on the one hand, the elective field whose object of study is culture, and, on the other hand, tendentially hostile to any idea presented under the label of “cultural evolution”. To be clear, we do not think to cultural trait diffusion as an exhaustive theory of culture and cultural change. We rather believe that the diffusion of cultural traits can be ground for a large interdisciplinary encounter, at least (but not limited to) including evolutionary modeling, anthropology, linguistics, musicology, economics, geography, archaeology, but also biology and computer science, information theory. Common epistemological problems can be declined and addressed, such as the delimitation of traits and groups, or the factors influencing diffusion; a particularly interesting issue is how cultural traits are modified through their diffusion, a phenomenon which includes what is commonly called “lamarckian evolution” at the level of the individuals (i.e., the heritability of individually-achieved innovations). In this multidisciplinary context, evolutionary models can be regarded as useful in that they offer manipulable prospective histories, which can in turn be employed as guidelines for restrospective reconstructions in other fields. Some fields may get cross-cut attention: geography is an example, since one of the key points of cultural diffusion is the idea that traits travel in space. A remarkable theme, however, is the existence of other spaces (e.g., the social space, the cyberspace and so on) where distance is measured in ways that are equally or more important for cultural diffusion.
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