Tuesday, October 06, 2009

All in the Mind - 'It takes a village': the evolution of human nature

Cool episode - as much as we like to think of ourselves as "rugged individualists" in this country, the reality is that we are socially embedded human beings, and if we weren't we wouldn't have evolved as far as we have.

'It takes a village': the evolution of human nature

What most distinguishes us from other apes? Our naked flesh? Language? Our empathic ways? Acclaimed anthropologist and sociobiologist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy has spent her long research career upending assumptions about sex, reproduction and the evolution of human nature. She joins Natasha Mitchell to discuss her new book Mothers and Others, and why it took a village to generate a big brained human child.

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Guests

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Professor Emerita
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Davis
http://www.citrona.com/hrdy/index.html

Further Information

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Charles Darwin Symposium, Charles Darwin University
September 2009. Sarah Blaffer Hrdy was a participant

Review of Mothers and Others by Natalie Angier, New York Times, 2009

Publications

Title: Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding
Author: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Publisher: Harvard University Press, 2009
ISBN-10: 0674032993

Title: Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How they Shape the Human Species
Author: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (September 5, 2000)
ISBN-10: 0345408934

Title: The Woman That Never Evolved: With a New Preface and Bibliographical Updates, Revised Edition
Author: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Publisher: Harvard University Press (December 20, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0674955390

Title: Infanticide: Comparative and Evolutionary Perspectives
Author: Editors, G. Hausfater and S. Hrdy
Publisher: Aldine (July 1984)
ISBN-10: 0202020223

Title: The Langurs of Abu Female and Male Strategies of Reproduction
Author: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Publisher: Harvard University Press, 1978
ISBN 10: 0-674-51057-7

Title: Black-Man of Zinacantan: A Central American Legend
Author: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Publisher: University of Texas Press (1972)
ISBN-10: 0292707010

Presenter

Natasha Mitchell


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

An insightfull post. Will definitely help.

Thanks,
Karim - Positive thinking