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Douglas Medin

Douglas Medin is Professor in the Psychology Department atNorthwestern University. He is the coeditor, with Scott Atran, of Folkbiology (MIT Press, 1999).

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The term "folkbiology" refers to people's everyday understanding of the biological world—how they perceive, categorize, and reason about living kinds. The study of folkbiology not only sheds light on human nature, it may ultimately help us make the transition to a global economy without irreparably damaging the environment or destroying local cultures.