Researcher looks at plaque to gain insight about the past

Christina Warinner says ancient dental plaque offers insights into diets, disease, dairying, and women’s roles of the period.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Nov. 19, 2019 ~11 min

Tags:  science-technology  anthropology  basic-research  fas  peter-reuell  gsas  plaque  christina-warinner  dental-calculus

Author examines the strange relationship between good and evil

Richard Wrangham’s new book examines the strange relationship between good and evil.

Jill Radsken • harvard
Jan. 28, 2019 ~13 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  anthropology  human-evolution  biology  fas  jill-radsken  the-goodness-paradox  aggression  bonobos  chimpanzees  homo-sapiens  jane-goodall  kibale  richard-wrangham

Author examines the strange relationship between good and evil

Richard Wrangham’s new book examines the strange relationship between good and evil.

Jill Radsken • harvard
Jan. 28, 2019 ~13 min

Tags:  science-technology  evolution  anthropology  human-evolution  biology  fas  jill-radsken  the-goodness-paradox  aggression  bonobos  chimpanzees  homo-sapiens  jane-goodall  kibale  richard-wrangham

Study suggests shamans acted as the first professional class in human society

A paper published earlier this year argues that shamanism develops as specialists compete to provide magical services to people in their communities, and the outcome is a set of traditions that hacks people’s psychological biases to convince them that they can control the uncertain.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Dec. 10, 2018 ~7 min

Tags:  anthropology  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  health-medicine  magical-services  manvir-singh  profession  professional-class  providing-services  services  shaman  shamanism  singh  society

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