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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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Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species sparked major battles. The most famous may have been between science and religion, but there were disputes within science as well. >>Read More
Post: October 30, 2012 3:33 pm, Source: Slate  Comments (0) Views (852)
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I discuss several alternative propositions that explain how apparent group-level altruism can evolve because it has returned individual benefits, not group ones at the expense of individuals. >>Read More
Post: October 7, 2012 6:12 pm, Source: Social Evolution Forum  Comments (0) Views (1247)
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A skull fragment unearthed by anthropologists in Tanzania shows that our ancient ancestors were eating meat at least 1.5 million years ago, shedding new light into the evolution of human physiology and brain development. >>Read More
Post: October 4, 2012 10:38 am, Source: Science Daily   Comments (0) Views (919)
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The reason that human cultures are primarily adaptive at the group level is because the capacity for culture is itself a group-level adaptation. >>Read More
Post: October 4, 2012 9:30 am, Source: Social Evolution Forum  Comments (0) Views (3547)
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Rand's mistake was in essentializing the distinction between "individualist freedom" vs. "collectivist tyranny" and then transporting it into our human past. >>Read More
Post: October 3, 2012 1:49 pm, Source: The Slate  Comments (4) Views (1323)
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A leading human origins researcher has come up with an idea that involves aggression between groups and the boom-bust cycles that have punctuated our spread into new environments. >>Read More
Post: September 15, 2012 2:39 pm, Source: BBC News  Comments (1) Views (1160)
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Hayes’ book is not about ‘pointy headed intellectuals,’ but about the elites in the sociological sense – simply put, the small proportion of the population who have concentrated in their hands various kinds of social power – political, economic, and ideological. >>Read More
Post: September 13, 2012 3:14 pm, Source: Social Evolution Forum  Comments (1) Views (860)

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