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Stephen Mann

Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

e-mail: stephen_mann@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

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About me

I'm a philosopher of science and computational modeller in the CoOL group at DLCE. I am working on agent-based models of cultural evolution to help understand patterns of linguistic diversity and disparity in the Pacific. The goal is to integrate results from simulations with historical data and theoretical perspectives on language change to develop and test hypotheses about the distribution of Oceanic languages.

Curriculum Vitae

since 2024Postdoctoral researcher at DLCE
2022-2024Postdoctoral researcher at the LOGOS Group, University of Barcelona, Spain
2021-2022Postdoctoral researcher at the Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey, UK
2021-2024Guest researcher at DLCE
2016-2020PhD in philosophy at the Australian National University, Canberra: "Communication and cooperation in evolutionary biology". Awarded December 2020
2013-2015PhD in philosophy at King's College, London: withdrawn December 2015 as part of transfer to ANU
2010-2013Software developer at Weaveability Ltd, Manchester, UK
2006-2010M.Sci in Mathematics and Philosophy, University of Bristol, UK. Equivalent to 3 year Bachelors + 1 year Masters


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Publications

2024

Mann, S. F., & Gregory, D. (2024). Might text-davinci-003 Have Inner Speech? Think, 23, 31-38.
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2023

Mann, S. F. (2023). The relevance of communication theory for theories of representation. Philosophy and the Mind Sciences, 4.
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Turner, C. R., Mann, S. F., Spike, M., Magrath, R. D., & Sterelny, K. (2023). Joint evolution of traits for social learning. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 77: 47.
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2022

Mann, S. F., & Pain, R. (2022). Teleosemantics and the hard problem of content. Philosophical Psychology, 35(1), 22-46.
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Mann, S. F., & Pain, R. A. (2022). Teleosemantics and the free energy principle. Biology and Philosophy, 37: 34.
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Mann, S. F., Pain, R., & Kirchhoff, M. D. (2022). Free energy: a user’s guide. Biology & Philosophy, 37(4): 33.
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2020

Mann, S. F. (2020). Communication and cooperation in evolutionary biology. PhD Thesis, The Australian National University, Canberra.
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Mann, S. F. (2020). Consequences of a functional account of information. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 11(3), 669-687.
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Roberts, S. G., Killin, A., Deb, A., Sheard, C., Greenhill, S. J., Sinnemäki, K., Segovia-Martín, J., Nölle, J., Berdicevskis, A., Humphreys-Balkwill, A., Little, H., Opie, C., Jacques, G., Bromham, L., Tinits, P., Ross, R. M., Lee, S., Gasser, E., Calladine, J., Spike, M., Mann, S. F., Shcherbakova, O., Singer, R., Zhang, S., Benítez-Burraco, A., Kliesch, C., Thomas-Colquhoun, E., Skirgard, H., Tamariz, M., Passmore, S., Pellard, T., & Jordan, F. (2020). CHIELD: The causal hypotheses in evolutionary linguistics database. Journal of Language Evolution, 5(2), 101-120.
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2018

Mann, S. F., & Pfeifer, J. (2018). [Book review] Studying animal languages without translation: An insight from Ants / by Zhanna Reznikova. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 93(1), 38-38.
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Mann, S. F. (2018). Attribution of information in animal interaction. Biological Theory, 13(3), 164-179.
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