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.