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The Primate Diaries

The Primate Diaries

Notes on science, politics, and history from a primate in the human zoo.

Out of the Mouth of Babes

Extended breastfeeding is the norm in most human and primate societies. So why are we the weird ones?My son will be three-years-old next month and is still breastfeeding...

May 15, 2012 — Eric Michael Johnson

Women and Children First

For decades the science of child-rearing was guided by patriarchal ideas, but now the cradle rocks to an older rhythm. The infants had been arranged into neat rows, swaddled in aseptic white cloth the way precision instruments would be secured for shipping...

March 15, 2012 — Eric Michael Johnson

Nonhuman Personhood Rights (and Wrongs)

Americans take their rights seriously. But there is a lot of misunderstanding about what actually constitutes a 'right.' Religious believers are correct that they have a right to freely express their beliefs...

March 9, 2012 — Eric Michael Johnson

The Case of the Missing Polygamists

The origins of our sexuality is the greatest mystery in human evolution. But could our prime suspect be a case of mistaken identity?If reproductive success were applied to fiction the two billion copies of Agatha Christie's novels (only trailing behind Shakespeare and the Bible) would be considered a stunning example of evolutionary fitness...

January 6, 2012 — Eric Michael Johnson

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