So this week we traveled down to Cambridge MA to speak with Harvard professor Dr. Max Krasnow. He specializes in evolutionary psychology and works in the Evolutionary Psychology Laboratory at Harvard (see below for stats).
I really enjoyed our conversation as it pushed me to see things from a different perspective. One thing that Dr. Krasnow shared with us that stuck with me was his adherence to believing and acting on principles that he can see, test and prove while maintaining a word view / belief that was constantly updating with new factual revelations.
I know this sounds rather “scientific” to the conservative Christian, but being open minded and accepting of science and new factual findings could help rid Christianity of harmful “cultural teachings” that we still carry around, many of which are harmful to “..the least of these…”.
There was obviously much more discussed and our conversation went much deeper than what I can simply share here, but it was invigorating, challenging and enlightening to my now developing beliefs and I greatly appreciate Dr. Krasnow’s willingness to engage in a respectful and beneficial exchange of ideas.
Dr. Max Krasnow
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Max Krasnow (CV) received his Ph.D in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in the area of Developmental and Evolutionary Psychology. His primary line of research focuses on the evolutionary origins and computational design of the mechanisms underlying human cooperation and social behavior. One line of this research, appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has explored how facets of the ancestral information landscape—that the future of any interaction is uncertain—conspire with distinctive features of the hominin social niche to select for organisms that are more generous, trusting and cooperative than an otherwise rational analysis would predict. In related work, he has shown in a series of behavioral experiments how these and other fundamental components of human social behavior, like our concern for the treatment of others and our punitive sentiments towards bad actors, show intricate design to support the cultivation of mutually beneficial cooperative relationships and to improve their terms when they begin to function poorly.
Some of Professor Krasnow’s work: http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/files/epl/files/delton_krasnow_cosmides_tooby_pnas_2011_si.pdf?m=1441224229