Your Brain is Built for Politics - Darren Schreiber

3:30pm - 5:00pm / Thursday 4th February 2021
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
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Converging lines of evidence suggest negotiating increasingly complex and shifting coalitions drove the human brain to evolve a set of mechanisms that modern humans now engage when they participate in national politics. The product is a new view of human nature. Biology is shown to be subservient to the demands of human politics. Rather than a reductionist or deterministic argument, I contend the shifting coalitions of human society require that we are hardwired to not be hardwired.

Bio: Darren Schreiber’s research centers on emergence and complexity in political systems. In his first career as an attorney, Darren specialized in federal litigation and had his first federal jury trial at age 23. While earning his Ph.D. in Political Science at UCLA, Darren developed an agent-based computer simulation of the formation and dynamics of political parties. He has pioneered the subfield of neuropolitics with the first use of functional brain imaging (fMRI) to study the neural foundations of politics. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Exeter, his previous appointments were at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary; University of California, San Diego; and the University of Pennsylvania.