About the Human Nature Project

Founded by David Livingstone Smith in 2012, and funded by UNE's College of Arts and Sciences, the Human Nature Project draws on the best work in both the humanities and the sciences to shed 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 replaced 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 illuminate human nature.


David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D. at (207) 602-2237 or dsmith@une.edu