Holly Dunsworth

Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Rhode Island

Holly Dunsworth is chair of the department of sociology and anthropology at the University of Rhode Island. Her research has been published in Nature, Scientific American, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Sex makes babies

Holly Dunsworth

Thanks for the thoughtful feedback!

A lot of comments here and elsewhere doubt our claim that reproductive consciousness is uniquely human…

Leading up to this Aeon essay, I wrote another article specifically addressing the issue of uniqueness, considering what animals could know. Koko the gorilla has been asked to answer questions as if she knows where babies come from, so she offered a perfect opportunity to struggle with this. Long story short: Animals don’t know, or at least, we have no reason to assume they could know given what we know about them and about us. I lay it all out here. If you can’t get this, email me (easy to find by searching) and I’ll happily send you a ...

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Latte pappas

Holly Dunsworth

Does anyone have evidence to support this:

“up until 100 to 150 years ago, every third mother died in childbirth”


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