Category Archives: Brain size

The Mystery From 70,000 Years Ago

About 70 thousand years ago something happened that resulted in modern humans. Whatever caused this change, it resulted in what appears to have been a major leap in cognitive capabilities. It was quite possibly the change that most differentiates us … Continue reading

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The Raw and the Cooked

In a 1964 book, The Raw and the Cooked, anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss charts a winding course through the myths of the Bororo people of South America. Beginning with a story of the rape of a mother and subsequent attempts at … Continue reading

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Consciousness: Much Ado About (Almost) Nothing?

Consciousness is like the weather. Since everybody experiences it everybody has an idea about it. Philosophers take it as their unique prerogative since without it they would have no field. Neuroscientists want to make pictures of it and reduce it … Continue reading

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