Why women stray
Evolutionary theory says men stray to increase offspring, but what motivates women? Enter the mate-switching hypothesis
Imagination is ancient
Our imaginative life today has access to the pre-linguistic, ancestral mind: rich in imagery, emotions and associations
Sex makes babies
As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?
The future is mixed-race
And so is the past. Migration and mingling are essential to human success in the past, the present and into the future
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?
Unified theory of evolution
Darwin’s theory that natural selection drives evolution is incomplete without input from evolution’s anti-hero: Lamarck
Is God a silverback?
Protective, omnipotent, scary and very territorial. The monotheistic God is modelled on a harem-keeping alpha male
Disgust made us human
Our ancestors reacted to parasites with overwhelming revulsion, wiring the brain for morals, manners, politics and laws
Has evolution programmed us to shun and turn our backs on refugees – even when they might die without our help?
Midnight at the oasis
Once oases supported human evolution. Now, our addiction to fountains, pools and palms threatens our survival
Paleogenetics is helping to solve the great mystery of prehistory: how did humans spread out over the earth?