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Chris Knight
Anthropologist

Chris Knight is a British anthropologist. He is the author of Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture (1991) and Decoding Chomsky: Science and Revolutionary Politics (2016). He lives in London.

Written by Chris Knight

Essay/
Anthropology
Did laughter make the mind?

A psychological relief valve and a guard against despotism, laughter is a uniquely human – and collective – activity

Chris Knight