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We have got Human Intelligence all wrong

When it comes to brainpower, we humans think our minds are the bees’ knees – but are we really much smarter than other animals? In fact, the ability to recognize artistic style was just the latest in a long list … Continue reading

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Humans are still Evolving and we don’t know what will happen next

Evolutionary biology is not a slow-moving science. Just last month a new species of hominid (Homo naledi) was unveiled at a news conference in South Africa. When did modern humans branch off as an independent species? What have been our … Continue reading

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Evolution’s Eye: A Systems View of the Biology-Culture Divide

In recent decades, Susan Oyama and her colleagues in the burgeoning field of developmental systems theory have rejected the determinism inherent in the nature/nurture debate, arguing that behavior cannot be reduced to distinct biological or environmental causes. In Evolution’s Eye … Continue reading

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The Ontogeny of Information – Developmental Systems and Evolution

The Ontogeny of Information is a critical intervention into the ongoing and perpetually troubling nature-nurture debates surrounding human development. This was a foundational text in what is now the substantial field of developmental systems theory. In this revised edition Susan … Continue reading

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In Search of the First Human Home

Having a sense of home, as we understand it today, is a product of symbolic thinking, a capacity that makes us unique among animals. Intimations of home likely began in early hominids’ need for shelter. Australopithecus species, to which the … Continue reading

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Some questions on Human Evolution

There is no question that our large brains have provided humans an extraordinary advantage in the world. Still, the human brain is an incredibly expensive organ, taking up only about 2 percent of the body’s mass yet using more than … Continue reading

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A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution

Why do humans, uniquely among animals, cooperate in large numbers to advance projects for the common good? Contrary to the conventional wisdom in biology and economics, this generous and civic-minded behavior is widespread and cannot be explained simply by far-sighted … Continue reading

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Cognitive Abilities in Chimpanzees and Humans

The purpose of the present study was to determine the efficacy of investigating spatial cognitive abilities across two primate species using virtual reality. In this study, we presented four captive adult chimpanzees and 16 humans (12 children and 4 adults) … Continue reading

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Evolving Human Nutrition: Implications for Public Health

While most of us live our lives according to the working week, we did not evolve to be bound by industrial schedules, nor did the food we eat. Despite this, we eat the products of industrialization and often suffer as … Continue reading

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Evolution of human intelligence

The evolution of human intelligence refers to a set of theories that attempt to explain how human intelligence has evolved. These theories are closely tied to the evolution of the human brain and to the emergence of human language. The … Continue reading

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