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Essay/Philosophy of Language

Chomsky, Wolfe and me

I took on Noam Chomsky’s ideas about language and unleashed a decade of debate and ridicule. But is my argument wrong?

Daniel Everett

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Idea/Human Evolution

How we evolved from drunken monkeys to boozy humans

Robert Dudley

Video/Mood & Emotion

Reason might be our puppet master but only after emotions tug on the strings

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Essay/Genetics

Unified theory of evolution

Darwin’s theory that natural selection drives evolution is incomplete without input from evolution’s anti-hero: Lamarck

Michael Skinner

Idea/Human Evolution

Anthropology is far from licking the problem of fossil ages

Paige Madison

Essay/Religion

Is God a silverback?

Protective, omnipotent, scary and very territorial. The monotheistic God is modelled on a harem-keeping alpha male

David P Barash

Idea/Evolution

The link between language and cognition is a red herring

Frans de Waal

Essay/Social Psychology

Disgust made us human

Our ancestors reacted to parasites with overwhelming revulsion, wiring the brain for morals, manners, politics and laws

Kathleen McAuliffe

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Essay/Social Psychology

The outsiders

Has evolution programmed us to shun and turn our backs on refugees – even when they might die without our help?

Avan Judd Stallard

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Idea/The Home

The reason we like the tidy feelings of home is evolutionary

John Allen

Idea/Music

How the orchestra is arranged by the biology of the brain

Richard Kunert

Idea/Virtual Reality

Virtual fossils revolutionise the study of human evolution

Doug Boyer

Idea/Evolution

Human evolution is more a muddy delta than a branching tree

John Hawks

Idea/Human Evolution

Symmetry is crucial to biology: a Q & A with Robert Trivers

Jill Neimark

Video/Human Evolution

Why can’t blindfolded people walk in a straight line? It’s a scientific mystery

4 minutes

Essay/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Midnight at the oasis

Once oases supported human evolution. Now, our addiction to fountains, pools and palms threatens our survival

Rebecca Lawton

Video/Philosophy of Science

Our existence is both cosmically trivial and linked to everything that ever was

7 minutes

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Origins

Paleogenetics is helping to solve the great mystery of prehistory: how did humans spread out over the earth?

Jacob Mikanowski

Video/Human Evolution

Can a tiny slice of mouse brain help us understand the complex human mind?

3 minutes

Video/Human Evolution

Our divided brains are far more complex and remarkable than a left/right split

12 minutes

Essay/Deep Time

Last hominin standing

Was human evolution inevitable, or do we owe our existence to a once-in-a-universe stroke of luck?

Dan Falk

Video/Human Evolution

Do higher-pitched voices put women at a disadvantage?

5 minutes

Video/Human Evolution

Playing distracts us from many vital activities. Why did we evolve to love it?

3 minutes

Video/Human Evolution

From Tarzan to Tanzania – how a dream of living with animals changed primatology

6 minutes

Essay/Genetics

Plastic people

Epigenetics has shown that there’s no such thing as a normal human body, so how did it get hijacked by the body police?

Julie Guthman & Becky Mansfield

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence

Brilliant impersonators

We prize originality, yet humans are natural-born copycats and only good imitators survive. Is it time to celebrate the rip-off?

Kat McGowan

Essay/Evolution

The first smile

Why do laughter, smiles and tears look so similar? Perhaps because they all evolved from a single root

Michael Graziano

Essay/Evolution

War in the womb

A ferocious biological struggle between mother and baby belies any sentimental ideas we might have about pregnancy

Suzanne Sadedin

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Essay/Food & Drink

Against the grains

A carbs-rich diet has been blamed for the alarming explosion of obesity and chronic disease. What does the science show?

Melinda Wenner Moyer

Essay/Biology

Animal magnetism

Humans are fascinated by our fellow animals – is that just an evolutionary hangover or something more profound?

David P Barash