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Rory Smead is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University. He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth, his M.A. from the University of California, and his Ph.D. in Logic and Philosophy of Science from the University of California, Irvine. Professor Smead's research is currently focused on idealization and explanation in science as well as on the evolutionary connections between learning, language and social interaction.
Some of Professor Smead's recent publications include: “An Evolutionary Paradox for Pro-Social Behavior," (with Patrick Forber) in the Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming; "The Evolution of Fairness Through Spite" (with Patrick Forber), in The Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 2014; “The Role of Social Interaction in the Evolution of Learning," in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 2014; and “The Evolutionary Dynamics of Spite in Finite Populations," (with Patrick Forber) in Evolution, 2013.