Friendship: An Evolutionary Puzzle

SFI News:

Dan Hruschka will present his talk: Friendship: An Evolutionary Puzzle at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday June 27 in the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe.

Hruschka is a Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow alumnus, is an assistant professor of anthropology at Arizona State University and author of Friendship: Development, Ecology, and Evolution of a Relationship

Abstract: Friends sacrifice for one another with little concern for past behavior or consequences.

Such unconditional helping provides an important buffer against hardship. But it also poses an evolutionary puzzle.

How have people managed to benefit from selfless aid while avoiding exploitation by false friends?

Dan Hruschka searches for clues by looking to the origins of human friendship — how it develops, how it varies across human cultures, and how it relates to social ties in other species.

Generous support is provided by Los Alamos National Bank and in memory of Kate Klein, from the Kate Klein Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

The Santa Fe Institute’s mission is to foster a transdisciplinary research community that endeavors to expand the boundaries of scientific understanding. Its aim is to discover and comprehend the common fundamental principles in physical, computational, biological, and social systems that underlie many of the most profound problems facing science and society today.