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The Primate Diaries

The Primate Diaries

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

Freedom to Riot: On the Evolution of Collective Violence

From London to the Middle East riots have shaken political stability. Are the answers to be found in human nature?      "Anarchy" by Nathaniel Gold Police cars were overturned and shops looted as the mob descended on the city's central square.

September 6, 2011 — Eric Michael Johnson

Male Chauvinist Chimps or the Meat Market of Public Opinion?

Author's Note: The following originally appeared at Nature Network. It was subsequently selected as a PLoS ONE Pick of the Month, as a Finalist in the 2009 Quark Prize in Science and appeared in the 2009 edition of The Open Laboratory: The Best Science Writing on the Web (buy it here).

September 2, 2011 — Eric Michael Johnson

Penis Spines, Pearly Papules, and Pope Benedict's Balls

Author's note: The following originally appeared as a guest post at A Primate of Modern Aspect and subsequently formed the basis for a technical comment published by Nature co-authored with John Hawks.

August 26, 2011 — Eric Michael Johnson

Throwing Rocks From the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

"Father and Son" by Nathaniel Gold I’m teaching my son to think like a scientist. He is two years old. We frequently go for walks together through the woods and along the coastlines of British Columbia where I allow his curiosity to run free.

July 5, 2011 — Eric Michael Johnson

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