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Rituals As Social Glue: An Interview With Harvey Whitehouse
Why are rituals such a pervasive feature of human social life? And what role might they have played in the evolution of our social behavior?
HBES Interview Series - Pete Richerson
This Pioneers of HBES series video features Peter J. Richerson, who pioneered the study of cultural evolution. His quest has developed and become intertwined with multilevel selection theory.
Are Taboos Adaptive? Evidence from the Island of Fiji
Are taboos ignorant superstitions, do they contain adaptive wisdom, or are they a mixture of both?
Understanding urban living from a modern evolutionary perspective.
How Can We Study our Neighborhoods From an Evolutionary Perspective?

Lesley Newson

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Over forty top scientists from around the world, representing a melting pot of academic disciplines, convened at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies in late May 2012 to discuss the topic of cultural evolution. >>Read More
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(Phys.org)—Researchers from Scotland suggest that stereotypes form and evolve over time through social transmission of information, similar to the way in which languages evolve. >>Read More
Post: September 7, 2012 8:21 pm, Source: PHYS.org  Comments (0) Views (590)
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That means, basically, that the more equal men and women became, the less emphasis men placed on youth and beauty, and the less emphasis women put on wealth and power. These findings were borne out by the 37-culture survey as well >>Read More
Post: September 7, 2012 8:09 pm, Source: Time  Comments (0) Views (684)
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The researchers found that having a small number of children increased the economic success and social position of descendants across up to four generations, but reduced the total number of long-term descendants. >>Read More
Post: August 28, 2012 7:12 pm, Source: PHYS.ORG  Comments (0) Views (696)
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The findings will fuel the ongoing debate over whether stone tools mark the beginning of modern human culture, or predate our Homo genus. They appear to suggest the latter – though critics will point out that Kanzi and his companion were taught how to make the tools. >>Read More
Post: August 22, 2012 12:23 pm, Source: The New Scientist  Comments (0) Views (1331)
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Through experimental manipulations of the dominance rank of individuals and associated measures of gene expression, this work by Jenny Tung and colleagues helps to demonstrate that social status can be a major driver of health in socially living animals, including humans. >>Read More
Post: August 21, 2012 10:53 am, Source: Neuroanthropology   Comments (0) Views (600)
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They say history always repeats itself – empires rise and fall, economies boom and bust – but is there a way to map and predict the dynamical processes of history? The new and highly controversial discipline cliodynamics is the most recent attempt to transform history into science. >>Read More
Post: August 19, 2012 8:50 pm, Source: The Conversation  Comments (0) Views (748)

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