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Overview

Investigating humanity’s cultural past to understand its possible futures.

Humans are unprecedented organisms, not least in their ability to generate, share, improve, and act upon ideas. These capacities have propelled the cultural activities through which our species has reshaped its own environments and created new material and technological realities. Cultural achievements have also affected the makeup of humans themselves – at levels ranging from the biological to the psychological and from the social to the religious.

Under the Cultural Evolution priority, we intend to support multi-disciplinary research that helps us understand how humans have shaped the world to which they belong. By looking back, we hope to understand the ways forward that remain open to a humanity that is increasingly defining its own future.

Featured Grants

Natural Sciences
Project Leader(s): Nicholas Toth, Kathy Schick
Grantee(s): Stone Age Institute
Natural Sciences
Project Leader(s): Russell Gray, Simon Greenhill
Grantee(s): University of Auckland
Natural Sciences
Project Leader(s): William Kimbel
Grantee(s): ASU Foundation for a New American University
Natural Sciences
Project Leader(s): David Wilson, Joe Brewer
Grantee(s): Evolution Institute