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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? "Attachment (with respect to Martin Schoeller)" by Nathaniel Gold My son will be three-years-old next month and is still breastfeeding.

May 15, 2012 — Eric Michael Johnson

Raising Darwin's Consciousness: An Interview with Sarah Blaffer Hrdy on Mother Nature

Click here for Part Two: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy on the Evolutionary Lessons of Motherhood           "Sarah Blaffer Hrdy" by Nathaniel Gold In 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.

March 16, 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.             "Tantrum" by Nathaniel Gold 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

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?    "Elementary" by Nathaniel Gold 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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