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Science & Cocktails: Why do People Fight?

Monday 27 June 2022
Tolhuistuin - Paradiso Noord
IJpromenade 2
1031 KT Amsterdam

Why do people start and support violence against other groups? Why do people attack others? How are game theory and evolution biology used to study such phenomena? How is the choice to attack influenced by hormones? With dwindling resources (due to climate change), can we expect more violence?

Group conflicts – from small-scale riots to interstate warfare – are wasteful to a degree that is hard to overestimate. At the same time, humans have extraordinary capacities to empathize and cooperate to mutual benefit. How can we reconcile these two seeming opposites

Behavioral scientist Professor dr. Carsten de Dreu focuses in this talk on the reasons humans have to fight and engage in violent conflict. He will consider discoveries in evolutionary biology, social neuroscience and behavioral economics. Answers may give us novel tools to prevent wasteful conflict and promote constructive exchange among human groups.


  • 19:30h: doors open for cocktails
  • 19:45h: Cavolo Nero (live music)
  • 20:30h: Carsten de Dreu (talk)

About Science & Cocktails

Science & Cocktails is a series of public talks by scientists with live music and smoky dry-ice chilled cocktails in your hand. This event will be in English. Be the first to know when the next Science & Cocktails Amsterdam event(s) will take place by subscribing to their newsletter.

This event is an initiative by the Dutch Institute for Emergent Phenomena (DIEP) with the support of NWA route 2. Science & Cocktails Amsterdam is presented in cooperation with Paradiso Amsterdam and acknowledges the support of New Scientist NL.

See also: www.scienceandcocktails.org/ams

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