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Oct 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Impact of Tool Use and Technology on the Evolution of the Human Mind


CARTA’s October 12, 2018 symposium, “Impact of Tool Use and Technology on the Evolution of the Human Mind,” will address the co-evolution of our species’ brain with cultural and technological innovation. The interface of “gene-culture coevolution” was a key mechanism for the emergence of “behaviorally modern humans” in Africa about 100,000 years ago. These “behaviorally modern humans” then spread across the planet and effectively replaced all closely related archaic human species.

This CARTA symposium will address gene-culture co-evolution in anthropogeny at all levels, ranging from molecules to brain imaging. We will explore the potential link between early stone tool use and the parallel expansion of the human brain, the control of fire, the invention of projectile weapons, reading, writing, and current day technologies such as computers and 3D reality. We will also consider future impacts that rapidly changing technologies might have on the human mind. Appropriate comparisons with other living and extinct species will be included, as will attention to other relevant and well-developed cognitive features in humans such as language, theory of mind, and cooperation.

Free admission but registration is required. See website for details.

A live webcast of this symposium will also available.

Presented by UC San Diego/Salk Institute Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA)

Sponsored by the G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation

Event Website

Date and Time

Oct 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm


Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium, Salk Institute

Event Registration

Registration for this event is required by Oct 12, 2018. Visit the registration page for details.

Event Fee



Ingrid Benirschke-Perkins    858-246-0846


Faculty, Staff, Students, The General Public

Event Host

Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA)

Event Category

Talks and Lectures