UNCW speaker discusses lessons learned from friendliness of dogs

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You’ve heard of survival of the fittest, but what about survival of the friendliest?

UNCW’s Honors College presented its annual Spring Speaker Thursday night at an event called “Survival of the Friendliest: From Dogs to Democracy.”

Dr. Brian Hare is an Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, and was the featured speaker at the event.

UNCW said breakthroughs in cognitive science pioneered by Dr. Hare have shown dogs have a kind of genius for getting along with people that is unique in the animal kingdom.

“The exciting thing that we’ve learned about dogs is that they became the way they are because they’re friendly, and they became smarter as a result, and they’ve taught us to think about humans and what is it that’s different or special about ourselves. And what we think is, we too are a very friendly species and if we socialize kids to make friends across different groups of people, we will have much more friendliness, just like when we think about socializing our dogs,” Hare said.

If you’re interested in hearing more about Dr. Hare’s work, there is another public event happening Friday morning from 10 – 11 a.m. at UNCW’s Teaching Lab, room 1055.

If you can’t make it to that event, you can learn more about Dr. Brian Hare and his work here.

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