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...
Click here for Part One: An Interview with Sarah Blaffer Hrdy on Mother NatureAs I explored in my article, "Women and Children First", Sarah Blaffer Hrdy has faced innumerable challenges in the course of her scientific career...
Click here for Part Two: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy on the Evolutionary Lessons of MotherhoodIn my cover article out this week in Times Higher Education I featured the life and work of famed primatologist and evolutionary theorist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy...
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...
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...
Conferences are social grooming events for relatively hairless apes. A few will stand before the multitude, beaming with pride or shaking with nervousness (as the case may be), and present the latest research in contemporary ape thought...
The Uses of the Past: Why Science Writers Should Care About the History of Science And Why Scientists Should Too
Whether we are exploring our family genealogy or the genetic tree of our primate ancestors, all of us have a common yearning to know from whence we came.
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...
Click here for Part One: Carl Zimmer on the Art of Science WritingCarl Zimmer has an uncanny knack for getting under your skin, quite literally. While travelling through the village of Tumbura in southern Sudan he encountered invisible monsters that live inside the subcutaneous tissue of their innocent victims...
Click here for Part Two: Carl Zimmer Delves Beneath the Surface of Science WritingCarl Zimmer is one of the most insightful and trenchant science writers working today.
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