Ritual Human Sacrifice Paved Way For Complex Societies

Anthropologists from New Zealand have collected evidence that suggests that ritualized human sacrifice was a formative rite that paved way for the large scale, stratified societies we live in today. Their findings are published online in the journal Nature, in which they state that it was used as a tool to maintain social hierarchies. The... Continue Reading →

A Review of the “What does it mean to be human?” panel at the 2008 World Science Festival

Wired Science shared some news of an interesting panel titled, "What it means to be human" held at this year's World Science Festival in New York City. This week, we saw Michael Tomasello's take on this question. Last month there was the What Makes Us Human conference. We've also read Marc Hauser’s postulates. Wired Science... Continue Reading →

Michael Tomasello on How Humans Are Unique

Michael Tomasello, a well known comparative psychologist, has a column in today's New York Times where he writes on, "How Are Humans Unique?" In the piece, Tomasello argues that our cultural, linguistic, economic and tool-use have all come about because of our tendency for "collective cognition." His argument stems from two of his recent papers,... Continue Reading →

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