Ian Hacking – The Anthropology (and Archaeology) of Numbers

Event Date: 14 September 2012
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Clore Education Centre, British Museum
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

 

 

The Royal Anthropological Institute , London presents

The 2012 Henry Myers Lecture

Professor Ian Hacking (Professor Emeritus at University of Toronto) – The Anthropology (and Archaeology) of Numbers

We are, among many other things, the mathematical animal. That is a fact about human nature, a fitting subject for anthropology to address. How did mathematics become possible for a species like ours, in a world like this one? That is a question in ecological history, and prehistory, to which many disciplines are now offering fragmentary answers—cognitive science, evolutionary psychology, neurology, and developmental psychology, for example, but also the history of science. I shall discuss how ethnography and ‘the archaeology of mind’ can contribute to understanding this aspect of being human.

Introduction by  Professor Clive Gamble.

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