LOS ANGELES TIMES: Can simulating evolution on a computer explain our enormous brains?

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Release date: 23/5/2018

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Susanne Shultz, who studies evolutionary biology at the University of Manchester took issue not with the methodology, but with the conclusions that were gleaned from the work.

"I have a fairly strong opinions about the utility of trying to divide social and ecological challenges into mutually exclusive categories," she said. "After reading the paper several times, I am still convinced that the model and results are more consistent with a 'socio-ecological' brain. Their argument that they find support for an ecological and not social brain just isn't supported by their results."

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TitleCan simulating evolution on a computer explain our enormous brains?
Media name/outletLos Angeles Times
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date23/05/18
DescriptionSusanne Shultz, who studies evolutionary biology at the University of Manchester took issue not with the methodology, but with the conclusions that were gleaned from the work.

"I have a fairly strong opinions about the utility of trying to divide social and ecological challenges into mutually exclusive categories," she said. "After reading the paper several times, I am still convinced that the model and results are more consistent with a 'socio-ecological' brain. Their argument that they find support for an ecological and not social brain just isn't supported by their results."
URLwww.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-human-brain-evolution-20180523-story.html
PersonsSusanne Shultz

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