SAPIENS

How did belief evolve

By Agustínfuentes / February 26, 2020 /

An anthropologist traces the development of Homo sapiens’ most creative and destructive force, from the making of stone tools to the rise of religions. About 20 years ago, the residents of Padangtegal village in Bali, Indonesia, had a problem. The famous, monkey-filled forest surrounding the local Hindu temple complex had become stunted, and saplings failed to sprout…

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Chimpanzees Can’t Tell Us Much About Being Human

By Agustínfuentes / July 3, 2018 /

Although there is merit in recognizing how we resemble our primate relatives, sometimes we need to understand what sets our species apart. Do we gain insight by comparing President Trump to a chimpanzee? Can we learn something useful about gender-based violence among humans by studying other primates? Can observing chimpanzees or bonobos tell us why humans go to war or how…

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Hassles Are Part of Being Human, Even for Our Ancestors

By Agustínfuentes / May 25, 2017 /

It’s never easy being human, or even almost human, but that hasn’t stopped us. Being human is messy. Our lives are often filled with multiple hurdles and obstacles, often small, but nonetheless important. Whether it is social conflicts with our friends and co-workers, expectations and obligations to relatives, conflicts and challenges in our living spaces,…

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