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The Human Nature Project

What is The Human Nature Project?

The Human Nature Project is an interdisciplinary center for research and education into human nature.

Founded by David Livingstone Smith in 2012, and funded by the College of Arts and Sciences of the University, the Human Nature Project draws on the best work in both the humanities and the sciences to throw light on human nature and to use this knowledge to address some of the most pressing problems facing humanity today—problems such as war, genocide, xenophobia, anthropogenic climate change, and environmental degradation.

The Human Nature Project replaces the New England Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Studies, which was supported by the university from 2000 to 2012. It represents an expansion of the mission of NEI beyond the limited domains of cognitive science and evolutionary biology to encompass all scholarship and research, in whatever discipline, that promises to throw light on the nature of human nature.