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Culture and the Mind: A New Theory of Human Intelligence
What role might culture play in intelligence? And how does human culture differ from culture found in other animals?
Science Weekly, The Guardian
Who First Buried the Dead?
Evidence of burial rites by the primitive, small-brained Homo naledi suggests that symbolic behavior is very ancient indeed.
Less Unique Than We Think
The idea that humans are special bumps up against Darwin’s great insight: the continuity of all life. David Barash reviews The Creative Spark by Agustín Fuentes and Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony by Kevin N. Laland.
The Wall Street Journal
Would a Crumbling of Faith Really Make Humanity Less Moral?
If people figured out how to get along before religion, asks Frans de Waal, do we really need it?
A Scientist’s New Theory: Religion Was Key to Humans’ Social Evolution
In humans’ mysterious journey to become intelligent, socializing creatures like no other in the animal world, one innovation played an essential role: religion. That’s the theory that a preeminent evolutionary scientist is setting out to prove.
The Washington Post
How Human Sacrifice Helped to Enforce Social Inequality
How could something as costly as human sacrifice have been so common in early societies? And why did these rituals need to be so dramatic and gory?
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