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Psychology Series : The Evolution of Human Nature & Morality

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In this the final part of the series, a very brief outline of the logic of evolution by natural selection, and some common misunderstandings about evolution. Are we still evolving? What evolution implies for our understanding of human nature – this is evolutionary psychology. In particular that it motivates us in ways we are not always aware of. Evolution and morality. Although people sometimes worry about the implications for morality if evolution is true, their worries are unfounded, as morality seems to be well embedded in human nature.

John Elliott was born in the UK in 1945, came to Singapore in 1951, and attended ACS (Barker Road) and Bootham School, York. He graduated from Cambridge, UK, with honours in experimental psychology in 1968 and obtained his doctorate in 1975 as a staff candidate at Sheffield University. From 1973 -1976 he was the Psychologist in the then Ministry of Social Affairs, Singapore. After a further 10 years in the Sheffield Department of Psychology, he joined NUS as a Senior Teaching Fellow. He was Associate Professor in Psychology from 1994 until July this year , also serving part time as a Research Fellow for the Bioethics Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2011. He is a former Academic Advisor to the UK Open University Psychology degree programme in Singapore; Member, resource panel for the Singapore Police Force Psychology Unit; Former Member, National Medical Ethics Committee and National Bioethics Advisory Committee, and currently an Adviser to the Singapore Children’s Society Research Committee.

*We thank you NLB for sponsoring the Imagination Room, and the fees charged is for the food prepared for this dinner slot talk.

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